Chateauneuf Du Pape - Le Miocene - 2018 - Domaine Grand Veneur
Established in the northern part of Chateauneuf du Pape, the Jaume family has been dedicated to the art of wine growing since 1826. The family still runs the company today – the eponymous Alain Jaume is still very much involved in the business, but his two sons Christophe (winemaking) and Sebastian (sales and marketing) are now in day to day command.
As each vintage is so different from the last, they are constantly evolving their growing techniques to accommodate the ever-changing behaviour of the vines, grapes and terroir. Organic viticulture is in place in two of their vineyards, but across the board the health of the vines is paramount. Yields are low to keep the quality high, and their age-worthy reds capture the power and age-worthiness of the Rhone perfectly.
Plots are located northern part of Châteauneuf du Pape and the vines are grown under organic process.The soil consists of a layer of marine molasses of the Miocene period covered by alpine alluvium. The presence of a great number of rounded stones known as "galets" in the earth is evidence of the time when the Rhone, then a torrent, tore fragments of rock from the Alps and deposited them on the plain. The Grand Veneur cuvee will express year after year a great power and aromatic complexity.
Harvest is sorted by hand, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation temperature is controlled at 30°C. Vatting period of 18 to 20 days. Matured in vats and oak casks.
An intense dark-ruby colour. The nose develops aromas of ripe black fruit (such as blackberry), cherry and sweet spices. The palate reveals the presence of elegant tannins. The finish is long and luxurious. This is the Châteauneuf du Pape expression, displaying all the characteristics of the terroir.