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Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone 2017 ‘Reserve’ Rosé and 2015 ‘Les Champauvins’

26 November,2018

Domaine Grand Veneur is the Chateauneuf-du-Pape based winegrowing estate of the Jaume family who have been making wines since 1826. The wines are named ‘Alain Jaume’. While the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines are the flagships, the domaine makes a wide range of southern Cotes du Rhone wines. Their vineyards are managed to certified organic regimes and the winemaking respects tradition as well as incorporation modern practices. The wines are imported and distributed in New Zealand by Wine Direct Here, I review the Grand Veneur ‘Reserve’ Cotes du Rhone Rosé and 2015 ‘Les Champauvins’ Cotes du Rhone.


Alain Jaume ‘Grand Veneur’ ‘Reserve’ Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2017

Rose from France – Rhone


Bright, very pale pink colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is fresh with tightly bound aromas of white stonefruits along with subtle notes of soft red florals and mouthwatering minerals. This is clean and has clarity and purity of expression. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is finely crisp and taut with a finely bound core of white stonefruits with nuanced of red florals, a touch of herbs, and thirst-quenching minerals. The wine flows along a very fine-textured palate line with brisk, background acidity. The palate is both juicy and mouthwatering and the delicate fruit provides an attractive lift on the finish. This is a classical, dry southern French rosé with delicate stonefruit and floral flavours and mouthwatering minerals in a fine-textured, fresh palate. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2+ years. A blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre, part saigneed and part direct to press, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and dryness. Certified Agriculture FR organic. 17.5/20 Nov 2018 RRP $18.99

Alain Jaume ‘Domaine Grand Veneur’ ‘Les Champauvins’ Cotes du Rhone 2015

Blended Red from France – Rhone


Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with suggestions of garnet on the edge. The nose is softly full and rounded with well-packed and concentrated, sweetly ripe aromas of savoury dark raspberry and red berry fruit along with a subtle layering of dried garrigue herb and a little earthy detail. Medium-fullish bodied, the palate is soft and rounded with deep and well-packed flavours of savoury dark raspberry fruit melded harmoniously with dried and dark herbs and earth. The fruit is sweet at the core, and is balanced by fine-grained supple tannin extraction with integrated acidity. Rich layers of earthy detail unfold and carry to a fulsome finish. This is a rich and gently packed Cotes du Rhone with sweet and savoury dark red fruits entwined with dried herbs and earthy interest on a soft, supple palate with some extraction. Match with roasted game dishes and casseroles over the next 5-6 years. A blend of 70% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from vines from the ‘Les Champavins’ site adjacent to the Chateauneuf-du Pape appellation, fermented to 15.0% alc., the Grenache aged in concrete vat and the Syrah and Mourvedre in seasoned oak. Certified Agriculture France organic. 17.5+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $24.99

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