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Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue
Alain Jaume ( Grand Veneur )
France - Rhone Valley - Vacqueyras AOC

Deep, intense hue. Aromas of fresh black fruit a little meaty, with dried herbs smells. On the palate, the richness of the tannins harmonizes with the smoothness of the wine. The finish is long, with spices aromas, licorice. A typical wine from this specific terroir called "Les Garrigues".

Drinks best between 1 and 7 years.

Specifications
Appellation
Vacqueyras AOC
Varietal(s)
65% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Old vines Cinsault
Soil type
clay and rock
Vinification
aged in concrete vats and 3 years old barrels for 14 months

Reviews and News

2018 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 90-92 pts - JD

2018 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 90-92 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Deeper colored, the 2018 Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue offers plenty of spicy characteristics as well as dark fruits and classic peppery garrigue. It’s medium to full-bodied, has wonderful fruit, offers ripe tannins, and is just a smoking Vacqueyras with loads to love."

- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2019, Southern Rhône Part 2: 2017 & 2018 from Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cairanne, and Rasteau), 90-92 pts

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2017 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 92 pts - JD

2017 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 92 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Compared to the Château Mazane release, the Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue is always more plush and soft, and the 2017 has sexy, ripe, mouthfilling levels of fruit as well as plenty of peppery garrigue and earth aromas and flavors. It’s complex, has a classic, old-school style, offers loads of character, and is a smoking value. It too is ideal for drinking over the coming 8-10 years."

- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2019, Southern Rhône Part 2: 2017 & 2018 from Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cairanne, and Rasteau), 92 pts

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2016 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 92 pts - JD

2016 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 92 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The Jaume brothers have produced a classic 2016 Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue based on 60% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre, Syrah, and very old vine Cinsault. Dark fruits, garrigue, crushed rock-like minerality, and ample spice notes give way to an ultra-classic, balanced 2016 that has a great mid-palate and sweet tannin. Drink this layered, pleasure-bent effort over the coming 7-8 years."

- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2018), 92 pts

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2016 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 91 pts - WE

2016 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 91 pts - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"Black-plum and mulberry flavors are juicy and plush but not dense or heavy in this elegantly balanced wine. It's rich, ripe and full in body, accented by a crush of granite and notes of rosemary and sage. The finish extends on fine-grained, persistent tannins. - Anna Lee C. IIJIMA"

- Wine Enthusiast (July 2019), 91 pts

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2015 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 91 PTS - WE

2015 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"This juicy, gorgeously fruity wine boasts pristine blackberry and mulberry flavors. While lavish in body and concentration, it's nuanced by elegant shades of dried sage, granite and refreshing acidity. Its ripe, persistent tannins should melt nicely over the next 3–5 years. - Anna Lee C. Iijima"
Wine Enthusiast (July 1st 2018), 91pts

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2015 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 91 pts - JD

2015 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 91 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Slightly more fresh/bright than the Mazane, the 2015 Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre) offers pure, clean notes of blackberries, plums, peppery herbs and garrigue. Balanced, medium to full-bodied, nicely textured and with moderate tannin, it's going to keep through 2025."

- Jeb Dunnuck (October 2017), 91 pts

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2015 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 90-92 pts - WA

2015 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 90-92 pts - WA

wa"The plump, sexy and fruit-loaded 2015 Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue offers a smorgasbord of Provencal aromas and flavors, with notes of blackberry jam, peppered meats, toasted bread and Asian spice all jumping from the glass. Similar in style to the Cairanne, yet with additional tannic grip, this full-bodied, supple and polished beauty is another no-brainer value from this estate to snatch up. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 227, October 2016), 90-92 pts

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2014 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 92 PTS - W&S

2014 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 92 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"This is named both for the Plateau des Garrigues, and expanse of limestone and clay covered in galets roulés just north of Sarrians, as well as for the fragrant brush that grows among the stones. Those scents are front and center in this wine, bringing freshness to its dark, gravelly fruit. It feels like it was grown in a forest, the fruit ripe but cool, pristine in its balance."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (February 2017), 92 pts and Year's Best Rhone

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2014 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 88 PTS - WS

2014 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 88 PTS - WS

wine spectator 88 pts"Plump black cherry and plum fruit flavors are carried by caressing structure, picking up dark tea and anise notes on the friendly finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases made."

- Wine Spectator (web only 2016), 88 pts

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2013 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 90-92 pts - VINOUS

2013 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 90-92 pts - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Ruby-red. Bright, highly perfumed aromas of red berry liqueur and garrigue, with a smoky top note building slowly. Tangy, precise raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show good energy and back-end lift. Finishes clean, focused and spicy, with silky tannins and resonating red berry character. This suave, fruit-forward wine bears a strong resemblance to a ripe Pinot Noir. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2015), 90-92 pts

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2013 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 89 pts - WS

2013 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 89 pts - WS

wine spectator 89 pts"Fleshy and open, with a light cocoa frame around the juicy blackberry and raspberry confiture notes. A graphite hint on the finish keeps this honest. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now. 1,500 cases made. –JM"

- Wine Spectator (October 15th 2015), 89 pts

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2013 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 88-90 pts - WA

2013 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 88-90 pts - WA

wa300"Another success from this team is the 2013 Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue, which is made from 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre that was brought up all in stainless steel. Offering loads of fruit, a beautiful, supple and hedonistic texture and surprising depth and richness, it will drink beautifully on release and evolve quickly. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 215, October 2014), 88-90 pts

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2012 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 89-92 PTS - WA

2012 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 89-92 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 92 Pts"Representing a superb value, the Alain Jaume 2012 Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue is a tank-aged blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. It exhibits gorgeous notes of black raspberry, ground herbs, violets and pepper, medium to full-bodied richness and an overall rich, layered personality. More than a little impressive, it should have a solid 7-8 years of longevity. Drink now-2020.- JD"

Wine Advocate (Issue #209, October 2013), 89-92pts

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2011 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 91 PTS Best Buy - WA

2011 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 91 PTS Best Buy - WA

Wine Advocate 91 Pts"The outstanding Alain Jaume 2011 Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue is primarily Grenache blended with smaller quantities of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault from the high Les Garrigues plateau. Sweet black cherry aromas intermixed with licorice, loamy soil and Provencal herbs are followed by a full-bodied, opulent, decadently rich wine that should drink well for 3-4 years. Vacqueyras continues to over-deliver as an appellation. - RP"

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 91pts + BEST BUY

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2011 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 90 PTS + Editors Choice - WE

2011 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 90 PTS + Editors Choice - WE

Wine Enthusiast 90 Pts"A perennially attention-worthy wine, the Jaume family's Grande Garrigue Vacqueyras combines bold black cherry fruit with spicy notes suggestive of licorice root and bay leaf. It's full bodied and round in the mouth, but the fruit remains fresh, ending on a mouthwatering note of acidity. Drink now–2018. - Joe Czerwinski"
Wine Enthusiast (Best of Year Issue / December 2013), 90pts + Editor's Choice

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2010 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 91 PTS + Editors Choice - WE

2010 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue - 91 PTS + Editors Choice - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"A perennial winner, Grande Garrigue is a medium- to full-bodied wine with supple tannins and ample cherry fruit. This vintage shows a hint of asphalt upfront, then dark tones of earth and chocolate on the velvety finish. Drink now–2022. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Wine Enthusiast (Best of Year Issue / December 2013), 91pts + Editor's Choice

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Producer Information: Alain Jaume ( Grand Veneur )

In the 14th century, during their stay in Avignon, the popes built a papal castle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Impressed by the area’s exceptional terroir surrounding the castle, Pope Jean XXII planted the ...
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