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Domaine Grand Veneur Red Rhone Blend Lirac Clos de Sixte 2005

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NAME OF THE WINE DOMAINE GRAND VENEUR "Les Origines" APPELLATION CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE red VINTAGE 2006 TERROIR Plateaux of red clay covered with large stones. GRAPE VARIETIES 50 % Grenache 20 % Syrah 30 % Mourvèdre YIELD 35 Hl / hectare METHOD OF VINIFICATION Destemming, 21-day vatting period with pigeages. Matured for 18 months in new oak casks. TASTING Deep and brilliant, purple-red colour. An exciting nose with aromas of black fruit(blackcurrant, cherry), spices and vanilla. This great aromatic complexity is found on the palate: the spices and ripe fruit appear with an elegant woodiness and harmonious tannins. The finish has good aromatic length and introduces a touch of liquorice and peppers. A terrific Châteauneuf du Pape with great concentration and finesse. TO DRINK WITH It will accompany game, red meat, or meat in sauce, as well as strong cheeses. TO DRINK BY Between 3 and 15 years. Serve at a temperature of 18°C.

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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 Lirac Clos de Sixte

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is a winner. Inky blue/purple with notes of graphite, blueberry, blackberry, smoke, Provencal herbs and a bit of licorice and pepper, it is deep, full-bodied, with sweet tannins and loads of fruit and glycerin. Drink it over the next 12-14 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

Inky ruby. Fresh raspberry and cherry preserve aromas are complicated by lavender and rose. Smoky herbs come up with air and carry onto the palate, accenting deep red fruit flavors. Nicely focused wine, with an energetic, tangy finish and good persistence.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

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: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

A sleeper of the vintage, the 2006 Châteauneuf du Pape is a seductive effort offering plenty of earth, tapenade, and spice as well as black cherry and cassis fruit. Deep, full-bodied, rich, chewy, and totally seductive, it can be enjoyed over the next decade.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

A lavishly fruited blend of Grenache (70 percent) with Syrah (20 percent) and Mourvèdre (10), this is as red as raspberry jam deepened with a swirl of dark chocolate. it's not complex, but it's lasting, a modern style approachable now with filet mignon.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

The superb 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits a deep ruby/purple color followed by notes of cassis, black raspberries, licorice, charcoal, and a hint of camphor. It possesses superb concentration, full-bodied richness, great purity and texture, and a long finish that lasts 35-40 seconds. Drink it over the next 12-15+ years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

The 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape is performing even better than it did last year. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of boysenberry, blackberry, and a hint of kirsch, with some loamy soil notes, ground pepper, and some incense and camphor. Ripe, full-bodied, with moderate tannins and a gorgeous, layered mouthfeel, this is a beauty that will be at its best in 1-3 years and last up to 15. This is definitely a modernist take on Chateauneuf du Pape, but the wines never lose the soul and typicity of Provence. They are impeccably well-made, pure, and deeply colored.


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NAME OF THE WINE DOMAINE GRAND VENEUR "Les Origines" APPELLATION CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE red VINTAGE 2006 TERROIR Plateaux of red clay covered with large stones. GRAPE VARIETIES 50 % Grenache 20 % Syrah 30 % Mourvèdre YIELD 35 Hl / hectare METHOD OF VINIFICATION Destemming, 21-day vatting period with pigeages. Matured for 18 months in new oak casks. TASTING Deep and brilliant, purple-red colour. An exciting nose with aromas of black fruit(blackcurrant, cherry), spices and vanilla. This great aromatic complexity is found on the palate: the spices and ripe fruit appear with an elegant woodiness and harmonious tannins. The finish has good aromatic length and introduces a touch of liquorice and peppers. A terrific Châteauneuf du Pape with great concentration and finesse. TO DRINK WITH It will accompany game, red meat, or meat in sauce, as well as strong cheeses. TO DRINK BY Between 3 and 15 years. Serve at a temperature of 18°C.

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