For the wine snob: Located in the Orange commune of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Jaume family has been dedicated to the art of wine growing since 1826. Since 1979, the domaine has been run by 5th generation Alain Jaume, who is now helped by his children Christophe, Sébastien, and Hélène. The 225-acre estate covers several AOCs and 13 grape types. The Grand Veneur and Clos de Sixte vineyards are certified organic. The Côtes-du-Rhône is made from various type of soils, the most predominant of which is limestone terraces with sand and red clay. This terroir provides an extraordinary richness and complexity with a Mediterranean style.
For the rest of us: 60% Grenache Noir, 35% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. The color is purple-tinged garnet. The bouquet of aromas offers fresh berries (wild raspberry, blackcurrant, blackberry) and hints of spices. The palate is big and full-flavored, with silky-smooth tannins and red and black fruit flavors. The finish introduces touches of licorice and pepper. A Côtes du-Rhône with great complexity for everyday drinking.