2009 Domaine de la Jaufrette Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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According to the importer, Paris Wine Company: "The wines of Domaine de la Jaufrette are resolutely old-fashioned, as the domaine has refused to change the winemaking style since the André and Paulette Chastan moved to Orange in the 1950s... Today, the Domaine de la Jaufrette is run by Alain’s son Frederic, who has maintained the same traditional winemaking philosophy. Vinification is a slow process - the fermentation occurs naturally in large concrete tanks, where the wine is allowed to sit for up to a year. It is then aged in a mix of used foudres and barrels for another year or more. The wine is then bottled, and allowed to age for a minimum of another year, meaning that the wines are released when they are just starting to be ready to drink. From the Cotes-du-Rhône to the Chateauneuf, all the wines are vinified in this same traditionally slow process that is practically disappeared from the region."

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
The Chateauneuf is the richest by far of the three but never heavy. The 2009 shows ripe fruit flavors, but a little time in the bottle has softened the tannic structure and allowed the minerality to shine through. Reminds me of the classic Chateauneufs from the 80s and 90s but with a little more polished mouthfeel. I put a couple of these away to discover in a few more years but I am truly pleased to drink this now.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2016 | Send Email
This wine definitively shows the beauty that old-school tradition can produce in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. High quality fruit from 50-year-old vines is fermented whole-cluster, then aged in huge oak foudres for up to 18 months. Only after five years in bottle do they release it. It’s a time-consuming process, but the results speak for themselves. Powerful fruit flavors of wild mulberries and raspberries are framed by provencal herbs, subtle oak and a savory acid finish. The tannins are smooth and fully integrated. This is a powerful wine with real Chateauneuf-du-Pape ageability.​

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14
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