Normally reserved for private customers and restaurants in France, Génération is a typical Vinsobre blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, mostly grown on the clay-limestone slopes of “Coteaux,” with a healthy dallop of old-vines Grenache from “Altitude 420,” a windswept terrace on “Les Collines.” In the glass, the wine has a limpid, deep purple color, with flashes of magenta at the edge. The aromatics are pure garrigue – with crushed violets, ripe black cherries, stewed red currants, lavender, rosemary, and fennel seed, all moving in and out of the foreground as the wine evolves in the glass. On the palate, a rich core of juicy sweet fruit, bracketed by high altitude, almost saline minerality echoes the nose, and the finish is long and refreshing, mineral-infused and nervy, seasoned with just a suggestion of freshly ground black and white pepper.
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.”