Alain Jaume & Fils Côtes du Rhône Haut de Brun 2006
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Alain Jaume manages the Grand Veneur domaine with his two sons, Seacute;bastien and Christophe. The domaine was founded in 1826 by Mathieu Jaume and includes 37 acres in Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape. This 2003 is a blend of estate fruit and is made up of 40 percent Grenache and 30 percent each of Syrah and Mourvegrave;dre, with yields kept at between 1.5 tons per acre and 2.25 tons per acre.
Deep, bright red. Very ripe aromas of cassis, espresso, smoked meat and animal fur. Lush, fleshy and concentrated; supersweet grenache-dominated flavors of cherry and plum. Creamy but lively and elegant. Finishes long and firm, but turned a tad dry with aeration, showing menthol and herbal elements.
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines may turn out to be one of this estatersquo;s finest cuveacute;es, although one should not overlook the 2006 Les Origines. A luxury cuveacute;e sold at a reasonable price, the 2007 boasts a dense blue/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of blueberries, charcoal, creme de cassis, graphite, smoked meats, and herbs. Dense, full-bodied, and exceptionally pure, with a multilayered texture, moderate tannin, and a stunning finish, it will benefit from 2ndash;4 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 20ndash;25.
This supercuvee from Alain Jaume is ripe and modern in style, very smooth and polished. But its juiciness and richness do not lose sight of the power of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and it has fine, dry tannins that leave a sense of good aging potential.
A luxury cuveacute;e at this price is becoming a rarity in Chacirc;teauneuf, but Les Origines delivers the goods. Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg shadings frame densely packed black cherry flavors. Itrsquo;s creamy in texture, with a long, velvety finish that lingers elegantly. Drink nowndash;2020.
A candidate for wine of the vintage is Grand Veneurrsquo;s 2006 Chacirc;teauneuf de Pape Les Origines. A dense plum/purple color is followed by an intoxicatingly heady perfume of ground pepper, spice box, garrigue, meat juices, and copious quantities of red and black fruits. In the mouth, it exhibits superb texture, silky tannins, and a long, full-bodied, powerful finish with no hard edges. Consume it over the next 10ndash;15 years.
The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Les Origines appears to be the finest offering yet produced by Jaume. An inky purple/black color is followed by an awesome nose of licorice, espresso, chocolate, black cherry jam, and pepper. Super-concentrated and pure, with great finesse, sweet tannin, and monster power, it is a terrific Chateauneuf that should hit its prime in 2ndash;3 years, and last for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2006ndash;2020.
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