to the 2015s, this is a truly sensational vintage that should not be missed by
any RhĂ´ne lover out there. Let me say that one more time: 2015 is a truly
sensational vintage.â€ť â€“ Robert Parker
worldâ€™s greatest wine connoisseurs have spoken and given their verdict on the
superb quality of the 2015 bottlings across Europe and while there is no doubt
that the vintage will go in history as one of the greatest we have seen in
modern history and probably in our lives we are also aware that the best houses
will command prices that have never seen before.
todayâ€™s wine comes from what I call â€śthe gateway to Franceâ€ť, the Southern
Rhone. This is one of the few regions in France where you can still find remarkable
values at the price point and todayâ€™s pick itâ€™s a perfect example of that. If
you need more affirmation, just read Parkerâ€™s score on the wine. I find it
astonishing knowing this wine sells under $20 a bottle!
Domaine Jaume is
located in the small town of Vinsobres, northeast of Chateauneuf du Pape
appellation. However, what makes Vinsobres stand out from its neighboring towns
is the fact that their continuous pursue for high quality wines gained the town
its own appellation in 2006. Antonio Galloni has written about it on his â€śSouthern
RhĂ´neâ€™s Value Playâ€ť article has rated it as one of the regions to watch.
estate was founded in 1905 and today itâ€™s run by 5th generation
winemakers Richard and Pascal Jaume. Jaumeâ€™s founder played a fundamental role
in the creation of Franceâ€™s AOC system. In 2003, the Jaumes purchased Domaine
Courtois, a 30-hectare estate that sits on terraced hills. Vinsobres higher
altitude results in a cooler microclimate that delivers a dark fruit profile
with extended layering and a strong sense of minerality. These are vineyards
that despite being in the Southern Rhone have a strong resemblance to those in
vineyards are made up primarily of Grenache, along with some Syrah and a small
amount of MourvĂ¨dre. All the wines are fermented in stainless steel tank,
before being moved to a mix of cement vat or barrel, depending on the cuvĂ©es,
for their malolactic fermentation and subsequent Ă©levage. All blending is done right after the malo,
and most of the wines are aged for just 12 to 14 months.
91 pts. Parker: If you can really find this wine, buy it.
The 2015 CĂ´tes du RhĂ´ne la Source is a full-bodied, ripe and beautifully
fruited effort. It has fabulous purity, lots of black cherry, currants, peppery
herbs and licorice aromas and flavors, and full-bodied richness that never
comes across as heavy or cumbersome. Made from 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, from
a higher elevation parcel, destemmed and aged in stainless steel, itâ€™s a