Brilliant value Rhone from the family behind Domaine Grand Veneur
This is the negociant arm of Domaine Grand Veneur, producing wines under the family name from purchased grapes.
The eponymous Alain Jaume is still very much involved in the running of the business but his two sons Christophe (winemaking) and Sebastian (sales and marketing) are now in day to day command.
The cellars are located in Orange, just up the road from Chateauneuf du Pape, and are used to make both the Domaine Grand Veneur and Alain Jaume wines.
All the family's wines are impressive and balance ripe, sweet fruit with classic southern Rhone warmth and spice.
In the words of Robert Parker: "The wines are made in a polished, civilised, modern style, but they do not lack Provencal typicity."