2012 Domaine de la Jaufrette Côtes-du-Rhone (Previously $25)

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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 can be seen as 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 2016s and 2017s, we encouraged them to release their ’11s and ’12s.

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2018 | Send Email
Fans of old school southern Rhone wines, rejoice! Your prayers for a delicious, authentic, traditionally styled Grenache based wine - the likes of which are so rarely made these days - have been answered. In addition to the appealing bottle age of Jaufrette's CDR, we have the opportunity here to taste the dusty, earthy, savory qualities of old school Grenache, to perceive the grip of the grape's tannins, and enjoy a truly delicious food wine, ideally with a simply prepared, tasty meal (try stewed beef or lamb and a root vege/potato mash with the meat's natural juices as gravy). Add a green salad and cheese plate, et voila. Instant gratification - old school French bistro style.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2018 | Send Email
We introduced the Jaufrette wines a couple of years back and I am so pleased we have a new batch to offer. One of the coolest discoveries, the wines are held back several years before release to express the most classic qualities of the region. The 2012 is the current release and is out of the glass intriguing showing detailed maturity. The Cotes-du-Rhone expresses black fruit flavors with savory notes of shiitake mushroom, tobacco leaf and peppery spices on the palate. Give it a half hour in a decanter and the wine expands even further. It has the length and complexity but does command a little food. Grilled garlicky sausages or some Cotes de Boeuf sounds about right. This is pretty serious stuff and one of my favorites right now.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2018 | Send Email
One of my favorite things about our Rhone program is that we get the chance to introduce people to (and drink for ourselves) affordable Rhone blends with some age on them. Domaine De La Jaufrette has a very compelling lineup of wines at the moment from two excellent vintages. The 2012 Cotes Du Rhone is beautifully plummy in fruit and high in acidity. The combination is a perfect complement for the Thanksgiving table. The added complexity of 6 years of aging has lent the savory and earthy tones the Rhone is famous for.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14