In the glass, the Côtes du Rhône Rosé Domaine Jaume has a limpid, inviting salmon color, with flashes of polished copper in candlelight at the edge. Aromas of wet stones and cranberries turn to strawberry preserves, freshly cut white peonies, red hibiscus, and tamarind that gradually emerge, and sometimes alternate, with more fleeting suggestions of wild spearmint, sweet clover, and the cinnamon-like side of fresh green perilla. The palate is juicy and supple, with multiple layers of mineral-infused flavors that echo the nose, along with discreet impressions of ripe honeydew, sumo citrus, and lime oil – all framed in vibrant berry acidity and palpable pink sea salt 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.”