2016 Alain Jaume "Terrasses de Montmirail" Gigondas

SKU #1427687 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Initial notes of smoke and char fade with aeration revealing layers of decadent black plum and cherry flavors here. This is an intoxicatingly fruity, luscious wine that's balanced pertly by fresh acidity and a crisp mineral undertone. Nuanced by spice and garrigue, it's drinking beautifully already but should improve well through 2030. *Editors' Choice* (AI)  (12/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Gigondas Terrasses de Montmirail from the Jaume family is 65% Grenache and the balance Mourvèdre and Syrah, aged mostly in tank with a small part in smaller barrels. Its deep ruby color is followed by a pretty, elegant, seamless wine that has great notes of red fruits, white flowers, spices, and a limestone-like minerality. Silky and polished, it shines for its elegance and purity.  (9/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Gigondas Terrasses de Montmirail shows why everyone is excited about the 2016s in the Southern Rhône. A full-bodied, rich and velvety wine, it comes close to being chocolaty and fudge-like without closing that border, instead delivering dark plum and cherry fruit, dusty, earthy notes and savory spice. It should drink well for a decade or more. (JC)  (8/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Lovely black cherry, plum and currant fruit has melded with subtle chalky minerality, black tea and singed juniper notes. Fine-grained and long, showing weight and finesse. Should cellar well. (JM)  (9/2019)


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By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2019 | Send Email
I've long been a fan of Alain Juame's wines. To me, they appeal to a classic sense of the southern Rhone. This Montmirail Gigondas is no exception. Rich dark fruit is at the core of this wine, but without being raisiny or sappy. It has beautiful texture with just enough grip to give the wine some structure. The tertiary aromas are lovely and elegant--dried meat, dried herbs, and a savory finish. This is a classically well-made wine, period.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2019 | Send Email
Full bodied, rich and velvety.

By: Lauren Seward | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2019 | Send Email
What a way to kick off the impending Autumn season. Intensely silky and filled to the brim with dark fruit, black tea and a delicate earthiness, Jaume’s "Terrasses de Montmirail" Gigondas is structured, but casual. Enjoy with classic British comfort food (think stews and bangers & mash) and other cold weather indulges like braised lamb, pizza, and baked macaroni & cheese. Drink now or let it sit for a few years.

By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2019 | Send Email
Dark red fruit on the nose, with a nice dried fig note being dominant. Supple and ripe red fruits appear on the palate, but supported by soft tannins and good acidity. Some oak presence, but the fruit is king here. No wait time required; just drink and enjoy!

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2019 | Send Email
Gigondas consistently offers world-class, terroir-driven wines that come at a fraction of the price of its Chateauneuf-du-Pape counterparts, and Alain Jaume has delivered a nigh-perfect expression of this stellar vintage. Garrigue and violets on the nose revealing only a hint of the savory edge underneath. Plush, dark fruit flows sumptuously across the palate with a striking mineral core. Balanced, elegant, and with just enough grip and spice, this is on my short-list for the fall season's top reds.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2019 | Send Email
The Terrasses de Montmiral displays a soft, garrigue-filled nose with slight nuances of black fruit and cherries. But the palate is where this wine really speaks to me. Intensely concentrated, and equal parts fruit and earth with black cherry, tar, and black raspberry. Well-structured with a balance that leans into power, this easily sits among my favorite Gigondas wines Moulin de la Gardette and Domaine des Bosquets.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
Le Dentelles de Montmirail are one of the defining features of the region of Gigondas. The limestone monoliths form a jagged spine along the tops of the hills looking like the broken teeth of a fossilized dragon from a long gone age. This ridge forms the eastern part of Gigondas. The slope of the mountain and the forests that live atop it are what give Gigondas its terroir character. Cooler mornings, as the hills protect the grapes from the morning sun, loads of garrigue (the local chaparral forest) act as a buffer for most vineyards, and that limestone and marl (calcareous-chalky soil) lie beneath the topsoil. Finally, in the morning where the hill was savior to the sun, it now exposes the vines on the slope to the afternoon sun's radiating intensity. And the next day the cycle renews. Gigondas is my favorite terroir in the Southern Rhone and winemaker Alain Jaume has captured its essence. Making the wines of Grand Veneur, this little side project is all fruit from the "Terraces of the Montmirail" The Terraces refer to the planting practice of cutting out flat areas along the slope to give the vines the most efficient use of the terroir. This wines exudes a confiture of warm black fruit and the perfumes of the forest rise from the glass. The wine is ultimately defined by its striking core of minerality and that calcareous soil keeps the wine toned with beautiful natural acidity. It is focused and balanced. That's what those magical hills of Gigondas do making it one of the treasures of the region. Do not miss an opportunity to taste this outstanding wine from one of its great stewards.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15