2010 Domaine de la Jaufrette Côtes-du-Rhone

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When first tasting the wines of Domaine de la Jaufrette, the name López de Heredia sprang to mind. That famous Rioja producer is known for its late-release and complex reds that are subtle, old school and long lived. Jaufrette, to my mind, is the Rhône equivalent. Jaufrette is run by Frédéric Chastan, the third generation winemaker to oversee this project. The winery sits just outside the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation but has holdings in Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Côtes du Rhône. All the grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted, and the reds are fermented in concrete tanks. These are meaty, powerful reds that benefit from cellaring, but the beauty here is the fact that Jaufrette does a lot of the aging for you. Where most producers are releasing their 2014s and 2015s, we encouraged them to release their ’09s and ’10s. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone buyer)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2016 | Send Email
Quality is a measure of time, whether we’re talking the cultivation of wine or a fertile, developing mind. So easy to forget this while we try to subsume, adjust and navigate our lives on all those tiny screens. Just look around you. Breathe. Explore. The natural cycles of the earth and seasons do more to create great wine than any chemistry book or website, and it’s a pleasure to discover winemakers who still adhere to this traditional ethos. Fortunately we all benefit, as the remarkable wines of this domaine beautifully demonstrate. Grown on clay-limestone soils on vines averaging 35 years, the Côtes-du-Rhone is a skilled blending of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault, aged in old foudres and stainless before bottling and kept at least five years before release. Polished and aromatic, it exudes fragrances of blackcurrant, cherries, licorice and cedar, evolving upon the palate with touches of undergrowth, spice and velvety tannins. A meditative, well-structured, memorable wine to pair with braised short ribs or hachis parmentier.
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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
Cotes du Rhone reds of this style are few these days as many emphasize riper fruit characteristics and elevated alcohol levels. That's not to say they aren't wonderful (we love them) but we miss the availability of wines like this one from Jaufrette. Their 2010 is more old guard with complex scents of black fruit, black olive, pepper, earth, deli meat spicing and garrigue and a compact palate with moderate tannins and plenty of concentrated black fruit. Give this one plenty of time to aerate and pair with lamb, stews, cheeses and heartier fare.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
The Domaine de la Jaufrette always makes those very classic wines that reminds me of how a good Côtes du Rhône used to taste some 15 years ago, i.e. not over the top sweet and ripe. It is balanced with fruit and earthy notes. Nice spices add to the mix. Try pairing this beautiful wine with some spicy meat tacos, or a chile con carne.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2016 | Send Email
What a gorgeous little value this wine is. I'm a huge fan of the 2010s and this reminds me of why. Still kicking more than a half decade later, it's got great structure and lovely balance, without being light or overly fruited. A pretty serious little style, with some deep dark earthiness, but no barnyard whatsoever, it seems to really be in its prime now and deserves a nice decant, but could easily go for several more years in the cellar. Totally lovely affordable aged CDR? Yes please!

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
This is not just your everyday, $10 CDR. The Jaufrette is old school and earthy, with so much complexity. Flavors of fresh figs, spice box, tobacco leaf and savory dried meats make this a perfect wine for charcuterie or things like game meat.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
I was truly pleased when we discovered the Jaufrette wines last year. I think this old school producer captures everything we are looking for in a Rhone producer: dedication to great terroir, balanced style, classic winemaking. The Cotes du Rhone is out of the gate great and from a terrific vintage. It is a true southern Rhone but reminiscent of the wines made a couple of decades ago. It has black fruit flavors, earth notes, grilled rosemary, tobacco leaf and peppery spices on the palate. Give it a half hour in a decanter and the wine expands even further. This is serious stuff and one of my favorites right now.

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Rhone Blends

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France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14
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