Holiday Wines Part one

Alain Jaume Gran Veneur Reserve Blanc

We’ve carried many of Alain Jaume’s wines over the years. I’ve always enjoyed the white wines from the northern Rhone, and this wine is no exception. The Domaine was founded by Mathieu Jaume in 1826. Alain Jaume now runs the Domaine with the help of his two sons Sébastien and Christophe. The estate is located in the commune of Orange and consists of 75 hectares. It covers four different appellations: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Côtes-du-Rhône and Lirac. As of 2012 the estate is certified organic. This wine pours a pale yellow color, with a brilliant with a gold tinge. The nose shows aromas of white flowers and stone fruits. A slight liveliness appears in the finish, which creates a perfect balance for the natural generosity of this wine.
Delaroche Cote du Rhone Rosé

These next two wines are new to the shop. I’m quite excited to be able to share them with you. It’s always a treat to get quality Rhône rosés this late in the season. If you’ve been coming for a while, then you no doubt know how much we all love rosés for Thanksgiving. Anne Delaroche is located about ten miles north of the Alain Jaume’s holdings in Orange. And like Alain Jaume, Delaroche is now 100% organic. This wine pours a charming pale rosé color. The wine displays lots of fresh fruit aromas such as strawberry and watermelon. The palate is focused and very well balanced with again some strawberry and ripe red fruit notes. The finish is quite pleasing and long with a little spiciness.
Delaroche Cote du Rhone Rouge

I could have gone with either the 2014 or the 2013 vintage for the Rouge. I decided to go with 13, because even though it was a struggle of a vintage, it actually turned out to be a great one. The 2014 vintage is a little more supple but I really enjoy the wetter vintages from rhone because it enhances the minerality. In the Rhone, this is what makes the wines so food friendly- particularly with turkey. Clear ruby wine with overtones of red berry fruits. Round and supple with smooth aftertaste. A good all round red wine for meat courses, poultry and light cheeses. Best drunk now while fresh with good keeping up to 4 years.