Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the largest and most important wine appellation in the southern Rhône and was the first ever “Appellation Contrôlée” established in France in 1932. Domaine Grand Veneur is one of the most renowned estates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Alain Jaume, with his sons Stéphane and Christophe, are raising the game at this well-established estate situated near to Orange.The Grand Veneur range comprises an extremely impressive red and white Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône Reserve Red.The white wines have improved year on year due to a greater understanding of the use of oak in wine. Alain Jaume has of late produced a very unusual 100% Roussanne (white Rhône variety) Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc “La Fontaine”, made possible by the adoption of modern vinification techniques, like cold fermentation for example, and meticulous data collection. Alain Jaume destems all the red grapes to avoid rusticity in the wines.
The red Châteauneuf du Pape “Les Origines” is a benchmark for the modernist approach with tell-tale new american oak supporting the fruit.As new techniques have been employed (or, perhaps, old techniques, including not filtering the wine), improvements have been quite noticeable. Robert Parker has recently given mention to the vineyards and highly praised recent vintages. A world class wine producer!
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