Domaine Grand Veneur

The Domaine was founded by Mathieu Jaume in 1826. Alain Jaume now runs the Domaine with the help of his two sons Sébastien and Christophe. The estate is located in the commune of Orange and consists of 75 hectares. It covers four different appellations: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Côtes-du-Rhône and Lirac. As of 2012 the estate is certified organic. "Grand Veneur is one of the most brilliant estates in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as the force behind the negociant wines sold under the Alain Jaume label. Virtually everything they produce has merit. I can’t say enough about the job Alain Jaume’s two sons, Sebastian and Christophe, have done with this estate. The impeccable attention to detail in the vineyards, the meticulous vinification, and the careful bottling benefit every consumer." Robert Parker

Cotes du Rhone Reserve Rouge

Made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault. Purple-tinged garnet color. Aromas of fresh berries (wild raspberry, blackcurrant, blackberry) and spices. The palate is full-flavored, with silky-smooth tannins. The finish offers notes of licorice and pepper.

Reviews:

"Already in bottle, and a perennial value, the 2014 Côtes du Rhône Reserve is a pure, medium-bodied, elegant blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. Offering up lots of textbook black and red raspberry fruit, crushed herbs and hints of flowers, its purity of fruit really sets it apart. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years." ~ 88, Wine Advocate October 2015

 

"The Jaume family continues to turn out reliable, well priced wines from the Southern Rhône. This is filled with effusive cherry fruit and marries that to a soft, plush texture. It’s a simple, yet highly satisfying glass of red wine to drink over the next few years." ~ 88, Wine Enthusiast February 2015

Price: Fl $144.00, 3cs $136.00, 10cs $128.00
 
Cotes du Rhone Blanc de Viognier

100% Viognier
Soil: clay/sand with limestone.
Yield: 38 Hl / hectare
Hand-picked harvest. Vinification in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 18˚C.
Bottled early, 6 months after the harvest.
Pale straw, bright and brilliant color with a very intense nose of flowers and fruit - vanilla, orange blossom, peach and apricot. The palate is smooth and rich with a very good length. A superb wine, and a classic example of correct Viognier.

Reviews:

"Their straight Viognier, the 2013 Côtes du Rhône Blanc de Viognier shows the variety nicely with its tangerine, lime and citrus aromatics. More fresh and focused than rich and textured, it has medium-bodied depth, integrated acidity and a fruity, delicious style." ~ 89, Wine Advocate October 2014

Price: Fl $120.00
 
Chateauneuf du Pape 'Les Origines'

Extreme north of Châteauneuf du Pape. This plateau is made with a high quantity of red clay mixed with rocks. This area is considered to be one of the best to produce rich and powerful red wines. By definition, Les Origines will always deliver a great complexity and ageing potential. Harvest is sorted by hand, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation temperature is controlled at 30°C. Vatting period of 18 to 20 days. Matured in vats (grenache-50%) and in oak casks (syrah-20% and mourvèdre-30%).

Reviews:

2012 Reviews

 

"The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Origines (45% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre) is a polished, medium to full-bodied effort that has superb concentration, lots of tannin, and a ripe, textured feel. Showing plenty of black raspberry, toasted spice, creamy licorice and hints of violets, it’s a classic example of this cuvée that will benefit from a year or two in the cellar, and have no problem evolving gracefully through 2027." ~ 93, Wine Advocate October 2014

 

"Bright purple. An alluring bouquet displays scents of blackberry and blueberry preserves, cherry-cola and vanillin oak. Broad, supple and densely packed, with sweet flavors of dark berries, floral pastilles and vanilla bean. The intense fruit is more than up to the oak component, which fades away slowly on the long, sappy finish. This sexy wine should provide plenty of immediate appeal on release but is built to age." ~ 92-94, Vinous January 2014

 

2011 Reviews

 

"Comprised of 45% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre and spending 16 months in 50% small barrels, the Grand Veneur 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines is a rich, yet medium-bodied example of this cuvee that gives up plenty of toast, wood spice and licorice to go with a core blackberry and raspberry styled fruit. Up-front, with plenty of texture, solid mid-palate depth and good overall freshness, it should drink nicely for over a decade. Drink now-2023." ~ 92, Wine Advocate October 2013

 

"Deep ruby. Blackberry, smoky minerals and sandalwood on the exotically perfumed nose. On the palate, sweet dark fruit flavors show very good depth and energy, picking up a sexy floral nuance with aeration. Closes smooth, sappy and very long, with youthful tannins adding shape and grip." ~ 91, Vinous January 2014

 

Price: Fl $600.00, 2cs $560.00
 
Cotes du Rhone 'Les Champauvins'

The Cuvée is a blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre. The vineyard parcels are adjacent to the AOC borders of Châteauneuf du Pape, in essence, this is a 'baby' Châteauneuf...and quite a value. Intense, brilliant garnet-red color. The aromas of woods and ripe red berries are typical of the terroir. The tannic structure is elegant and smooth. The finish is dominated by slight touches of spices and truffles.

Reviews:

"The 2013 Côtes du Rhône Les Champauvins continues to impress, and for a difficult vintage, it has tons of charm. Offering lots of earthy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, underbrush and loam earth, it’s medium-bodied, nicely textured and has solid length. Made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that had the Grenache aged in stainless steel and the Syrah and Mourvedre in barrel, drink it anytime over the coming 5-7 years." ~ 89, Wine Advocate October 2015

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Chateauneuf du Pape Vielle Vignes

50% Grenache, 40% Mouvedre, 10% Syrah grown on 50 to 100 year old vineyards planted on red clay soils with large stones. Organic viticulture with hand harvests. The wine is aged in 40% Cement and 60% oak.

Reviews:

"The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is in the top 2-3 wines in the vintage. Possessing rock-star concentration and depth, full-bodied richness and loads of sweet tannin, it offers layers of ripe blackberry, graphite, licorice and toasted-spice aromas and flavors. One of the more powerful and structured efforts in the vintage, it nevertheless always stays balanced, graceful and light on the palate. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2027." ~ 97, Wine Advocate October 2014

Price: Fl $1,000.00
 
Lirac, Clos Sixte

This dense purple-colored wine offers up notes of black truffles, charcoal, blackberries, kirsch, garrigue, new saddle leather, herbs de Provence, spice box, and smoke. It possesses great fruit, full-bodied power, excellent depth, and abundant silky tannins. A cuvee of grenache, syrah, and mourvedre.

Reviews:

"In addition to these gorgeous Chateauneuf du Papes, Domaine Grand Veneur's 2010 Lirac Clos de Sixte is outstanding. It is a full-bodied, rich, textural wine with abundant blue and black fruits interwoven with garrigue and licorice. Drink it over the next 7-8 years." ~ 92, Wine Advocate October 2012

Price: Fl $224.00, 2cs $216.00, 5cs $200.00