Open Bottle Thursday! Alain Jaume Lirac

Thursday, November 02, 2023

Time: 03:00pm - 07:30pm

Type: Wine Tasting

Location: The Wine Cabinet

Event Free


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Rhone Valley, France

50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre

Great for your holiday table!
 Pairs well with Turkey, Ham, Lamb or Beef Tenderloin!

You may remember last year we featured the 2018 vintage.
 With the Rhône Valley on a historic run of superlative vintages,
starting with 2015 and continuing through 2019 this bottling still shines above.

Drinks like a Châteauneuf-du-Pape!

92 Points! James Suckling
"There’s no missing the huge black-fruit character of this full-bodied but well-balanced Lirac.
Excellent integration of tannins, fruit and alcohol,
Touches of tar, licorice and Mediterranean herbs add interest, particularly at the supple finish.
From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold."

94 Points! The Tasting Panel
"Deep, dusky, expressive, and decisively luxurious, with rich, ripe notes of blackberry, espresso,
and dark chocolate layered atop a suede texture that caresses and satisfies."


Our Thoughts on this wine.....

Rande tasted this wine back in January and knew then we would feature it once it arrived stateside.
Red  in color. On the nose, aromas of dark raspberries and ripe blackberries fruit.
On the palate black currant, plum and smoky hints.
Tannins are elegant and makes a great mouth feel. 
Hints of herbs and licorice on the finish, which gives the wine length and complexity.
Open an hour or more before serving or decant,
Serve at 60F drink now through 2028. 

Elsewhere at $35.00
 Regular Price $29.99
Special Sale Price
 $23.00 a bottle

$118.50 for six (19.75) 

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Alain Jaume et Fils.....

In the 14th century, during their stay in Avignon, the popes built a papal castle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Impressed by the area’s exceptional terroir surrounding the castle, Pope Jean XXII planted the first vines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 1320.
Interestingly, the wine that gave Châteauneuf-du-Pape its original reputation was the white and not the red.
The white wine was a favorite of Pope Innocent VI.
Today the castle is now a historic monument in Avignon, and the papacy is based inRome’s Vatican City.
But still today, the pope’s coat of arms remains on the bottles of Châteauneuf-du-Pape,
and the wines are still produced in a similar manner as when the popes first pressed their juice.
Established in the northern part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in the commune of Orange, t
he Jaume family has been dedicated to the art of wine growing since 1826.
Founded by Mathieu Jaume, the Domaine is now run by the 5th and 6th generations of Jaume:
Alain Jaume & his children Christophe, Sébastien, and Hélène.
Historically, Domaine Grand Veneur was known for its white wines, until 1995 when the winery refocused their efforts on the reds.
The estate now measures 225 acres and covers four appellations:
Côtes-du-Rhône 'Les Champauvins' & Côtes-du-Rhône (Rouge, Blanc & Rosé)
The Jaume family produces wines from these appellations under the Grand Veneur, Chateau Mazane and Clos des Sixte labels.
They also produce wines from the AOC's of Rasteau, Gigondas, Carianne and Ventoux under their Alain Jaume label