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Domaine Grand Veneur Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006

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94 points Robert Parker: 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 10-15 years.

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Domaine Grand Veneur:
In 1320, Pope Jean XXII had the first vines planted in CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE. But only in 1360 did the vine acquire a certain importance, first with the white wine drunk by Innocent VI, then with red wine; but these products remained little known. Only from the 18th century onward, did the vine occupy the territory and papal wine begin to be famous. In the Jaume family, the generations ha... Read more
In 1320, Pope Jean XXII had the first vines planted in CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE. But only in 1360 did the vine acquire a certain importance, first with the white wine drunk by Innocent VI, then with red wine; but these products remained little known. Only from the 18th century onward, did the vine occupy the territory and papal wine begin to be famous. In the Jaume family, the generations have perpetuated the profession of winegrower since Mathieu JAUME decided, in 1826, to grow vines in CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE. The successions were assumed by Marius, Fernand and Roger. In 1979, Alain and Odile JAUME carried on the family tradition with the creation of the GRAND VENEUR WINERY. At the beginning, the vineyard extended over 22 acres. Over time, the vineyard grew to today's figure of nearly 135 acres spread in the CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE, LIRAC, CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES "Les Champauvins", and CÔTES DU RHÔNE areas. In 2003, a new estate of 35 acres was acquired: the "CLOS DE SIXTE" Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée LIRAC. This appellation located 10 kilometres from Châteauneuf du Pape, is one of the thirteen Crus of the Rhône Valley. Over the years, the family has grown, too. Today, Sébastien and Christophe are gradually taking charge of the management of the estate. Sharing the family know-how, they have to put to maximum advantage their knowledge in wine-growing and wine-tasting. Read less

External Reviews for Domaine Grand Veneur Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Ruby-red. Fresh cherry and blackcurrant aromas perked up by suggestions of five-spice powder and anise. Fleshy and sweet, with good depth to the dark fruit flavors. The long, spicy finish features supple tannins. I suspect that this fruit-driven wine will drink well young.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape looks to be a winner, one of strength, richness, elegance, but full-bodied power and plenty of deep, smoky black cherry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some herbs, roasted meats, spice, and earth. It is a beautiful wine that will probably benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age and drink well for 12-15 years. Readers have to distinguish between the negociant wines of Alain Jaume, which are under the label "Alain Jaume," and his estate wines, which appear under the "Grand Veneur" label. In both cases the quality is extremely high and unlike many estates where prices have dramatically soared over recent vintages, Grand Veneur's proprietor, Alain Jaume, continues to offer very fair value for the quality.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

This is broad-shouldered, with lots of dark olive, fig, currant and beef flavors supported by tarry tannins that show excellent drive through the finish, where extra raspberry and graphite notes linger. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A blockbuster and a terrific example of Chateauneuf du Pape in a more challenging and irregular vintage is the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape. Deep purple to the rim with a gloriously flamboyant nose of black raspberry jam, kirsch, smoke, and licorice, the wine has dazzling concentration, pushes ripeness to the limit (note the flavors of figs) but pulls back with impressive purity and balance as well as plenty of force and resistance. This is a supple, opulent style of Chateauneuf du Pape to drink over the next decade or more.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Alain Jaume bought the Domaine Grand Veneur in 1979, and its reputation has been steadily increasing. This is a superbly perfumed wine, with great pure black currant fruits, layers of dry tannins and a firm, structured aftertaste.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape's deep ruby/purple-tinged color is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of kirsch, cassis, licorice, and smoke. With great fruit, a terrific texture, medium to full body, and a heady, opulent, alcoholic finish, it should provide immense pleasure over the next 8-10 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Loaded with dark currant and blackberry fruit, this has sinew, muscle and flesh to its texture along with tar, grilled beef and mineral notes pumping through the finish. Best from 2006 through 2020.


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94 points Robert Parker: 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 10-15 years.

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