Alain Jaume Rouge Roquedon Lirac
Today Linda and I chose a nice Rhone Valley wine 2010 Alain Jaume Rouge Roquedon. Lirac AOC. Lirac is located in front of Chateauneuf du Pape, opposite side of the Rhone river.
The Domaine dates back to 1826, having been founded at that time by Mathieu Jaume. Since 1979, Alain Jaume has run the Domaine and now has the help of his two sons, Sébastien and Christophe, and daughter Helene. The soil is clay and sandy mostly on terraces covered by rocks. Traditional wine-making in stainless still vats, Aged in vats mostly and about 10% in oak barrels. The grape varietals are as follows- 60% Grenache,20% Syrah,10% Mourvedre and 10% Carignan.
What we found
We opened it up and decanted it for approx. 1/2 hour before tasting. The color was a dark ruby red with a bit if sediment. We both found hints of cherry, maybe nutmeg in the aroma. Very pleasant aroma. The first sips were light and fruity black cherry and a bit peppery. Very long dry finish with an aftertaste of cherry. After 1 hr. decanting the second glass the taste opened up to a wonderful very pronounced dark berry/blackberry taste. Tannins were in perfect balance with the acidity. This wine needed time decanted to be a great wine. On the American Wine Society scale, we came up with a 14 out of 20. This is a drink now wine and must be decanted to get the full pleasure from it. Thumbs up!
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