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Tasting notes: An intense dark-ruby colour. The nose develops aromas of ripe black fruit (such as blackberry), cherry and spice box. The palate reveals the presence of tannins, in high quantity and elegant. The finish is long and luxurious. This is the Châteauneuf du Pape expression, displaying all the characteristics of the terroir.
Wine Advocate: 94/100
"This shows smoldering intensity, with a core of steeped plum, blackberry and fig compote flavors that need some time to unwind. When they do, this has a backdrop of ganache, melted black licorice, tobacco and roasted alder notes for them to meld with. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2023 through 2036." James Molesworth
Jeb Dunnuck 92/100
"What can be thought of as the entry level cuvée from this estate, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Le Miocène reveals a healthy purple/ruby hue as well as beautiful blackberry and black raspberry fruits supported by ample peppery herbs, new leather, herbes de Provence, and assorted garrigue and spicy nuances. It's more forward and soft on the palate, yet it still has the classic structure and savoriness of the vintage and is going to age gracefully."
"Highly perfumed, spice-accented red and dark berry preserve, pipe tobacco, succulent herb and floral scents show sharp definition and a hint of smokiness. Smooth, broad and well-concentrated, offering sappy cherry, blueberry and blackberry flavors and a hint of candied lavender. The floral and spice notes recur on a long, smooth finish framed by velvety tannins." Jancis Robinson
The official history of Domaine Grand Veneur in the Southern Rhone Valley dates back to 1826 when the Jaume family first planted vines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Jumping ahead from the early days of Mathieu Jaume to the modern era for Domaine Grand Veneur, five generations later in 1979, Alain Jaume and Odile Jaume took over the traditionally managed Domaine Grand Veneur.
In 1986, under the direction of Alain Jaume, Grand Veneur became perhaps the first estate in Chateauneuf-du-Pape to experiment with aging some grape varieties in new, French oak barrels. In those days, they owned 4.5 hectares of vines.
The Jaume family continued to make additional purchases in the appellation and managed to grow the Domaine and its vineyards to their current size. Alain Jaume Domaine Grand Veneur owns 16 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape region. Aside from their vines in Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Grand Veneur has plantings in Lirac and in the Côtes du Rhone appellations.
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