The Northern Rhône gives of an expression of Syrah that tastes of the earth and all the wonderful fruits and flora that it provides us. These are serious, brooding wines for big, hearty meals, yet their deep and dark aromas are offset by elegance and finesse on the palate. A good Crozes-Hermitage is a moving experience.
When deciding on a pairing, I realized that I needed something texturally pleasing and rich, something that needed the focus of the Crozes-Hermitage to shine, yet would compliment its earthy aromas. That’s when I thought of Chicken Marsala with Pancetta & Cream.
2007 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert - The nose showed cherries in fresh turned soil, with notes of undergrowth, candle wax, minerals and floral stems. On the palate it was lean, showing tight blackberry fruit, herbs and hints of stone. The finish was long with red fruits clinging on the mid-palate. This wine closed in on itself and took six hours, open in bottle, to really show its virtues.