Located in the northern part of the Vaucluse, the soils are mostly on slopes with limestone and rocks, at medium alitude (until 350 meters).
Grapes usually ripeness in late September. The soils are poor and the Mediterranean climate allows to produce concentrated and well balanced grapes. The place is well-known for producing wines with strong identity.
From the “Côtes du Rhône Villages” classification, RASTEAU has been upgraded to Cru level since the 2009 vintage.
The wine shows a deep red garnet color and a nose of fresh red berries. On the palate, the richness of the fruit and tannins harmonizes with the roundness of the wine. The finish is long, with spicy and mineral notes. Complete and authentic.
|Vintage:||2015||Grape Varietals:||80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre||ABV:||14.5%|
Fermentation and ageing in concrete vats. Bottlings after 12-14 months.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|F0EE137096GRM||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 00863 6||1 07 84585 00863 3||$26.99|
"The 2016 Rasteau Les Valats is another outstanding wine from this team, offering classic Rasteau earthy black fruits, gravelly minerality, and a touch of spice to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, powerful style on the palate. Based on 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, it’s a powerful yet balanced 2016 that will keep for 7-8 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019), 90 pts
"Notes of wet sandstone, crushed earth and olive lend elegant restraint to crisp black cherry and blackberry here. A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, this concentrated wine is marked by savory tones of dried mint and sage. Fine but firm tannins and a mineral freshness accent the finish. It's ready now but should improve through 2030. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (March 2019), 91 pts
"Earth, black olive and plummy fruit combine on the nose of the 2016 Rasteau Les Valats. It's a bit rugged, but in a good way, with savory tannins framing the dark flavors and lingering on the finish. Dark and dusty, it calls out for grilled meat. - Joe Czerwinski"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #238, August 31st 2018), 90 pts
"Another solid effort is the 2016 Rasteau Les Valats and it’s a charming, supple, pleasure-bent beauty offering mouthfilling notes of black raspberries, peppery spice, fruit cake, and incense. Full-bodied, textured and layered, with no hard edges and terrific fruit, it’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate."
- Jeb Dunnuck (October 2017), 89-91 pts
"Hints of smoke and licorice lend spice to this unctuous, slightly warming red. Black-plum and blueberry flavors are fleshy and ripe but offset by ripe, rigid tannins and fresh acidity."
- Wine Enthusiast (March 2018), 90 pts
"The 2015 Rasteau Les Valats is a big, rich, plum, licorice and scorched earth-scented red that has plenty of mid-palate flesh, building tannin and good freshness and focus. It has plenty of tannin, yet they’re mostly covered by a wealth of fruit. It should drink nicely right out of the gate, yet keep for 8-10 years. - Jeb Dunnuck"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #227, October 28th 2016), 89-91 pts
"Along the same lines, the Alain Jaume 2012 Gigondas Terrasses de Montmirail is a mostly Grenache, with 20% Syrah, that’s aged 14 months in 20% barrels. Showing classic Gigondas spice, dried garrigue, saddle leather and blackberry and raspberry fruit, this medium to full-bodied Gigondas is loaded with Provencal character. Drink it over the coming 6-7 years. Drink now-2021.. -JD"
Wine Advocate (Issue #209, October 2013), 90-92 pts
"A fresh, lively core of plum and raspberry coulis flavors stretches out, picking up anise and singed spice notes through the graphite-edged finish. This late release is losing some drive, so drink up. Drink now. 1,200 cases made.–JM"
Wine Spectator (November 15th 2016), 89 pts
"This features a solid core of plum, linzer torte and blueberry coulis notes allied to a racy graphite spine, with solid underlying grip. Drink now through 2015. 1,200 cases made.–JM"
Wine Spectator (October 31st 2013), 89 pts
"Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, the Alain Jaume 2011 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Rasteau Les Valats displays the baked, roasted herb-like characteristics of this hot appellation, intermixed with hints of chocolate, espresso, tar and kirsch. Medium to full-bodied, round, bold and exuberant, it can be enjoyed over the next 5-8 years. -JD"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 89 pts