In the glass, this blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne, and Roussanne has a pale, luminous, yellow-green color, and aromas that include grilled pineapple, orange marmalade, and a fleeting suggestion of fresh sage and spearmint. On the palate, the wine is rich, but not syrupy or fat, with layered flavors that include sun warmed pears, lemon zest, and crystallized honey, all seasoned with palpable, almost salty limestone minerality.
About this wine producer: The modern history of this eighty-hectare estate in Vinsobres began with Henri Chauvet and Baron Le Roy, who, in the 1920s, introduced the idea of “appellation contrôlée” in France. Henri Chauvet’s son-in-law Pierre Jaume was the driving force in the development of the estate, but it was Pierre’s son Claude who was the first to estate-bottle the wines. Grandsons Pascal and Richard took over in the 1980s, and have continued to enlarge and improve Domaine Jaume; with carefully considered purchases, like the vineyard they call “Altitude 420,” and the “Clos des Échelas.” Richard’s son Anthony, who last visited Moore Brothers in March, joined them in 2010. The estate’s unwavering commitment to sustainable, organic viticulture is outlined in its “Charter Vinéa Natura,” which every producer in the world should adopt.”