The Vinsobres Référence comes from the mid-slope of the southeast-facing clay-limestone Coteaux, and includes some of Domaine Jaume’s best Mourvèdre from the “Clos des Échelas.”
In the glass, the wine has a nearly opaque, deep inky purple color, with flashes of ruby red at the edge. Aromas of sun-warmed crushed fruit, including griotte cherries, red currant preserves, cassis and Damson plums, along with fleeting suggestions of black licorice, dark chocolate, and coriander move in and out of the foreground as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is juicy and opulent, with a dense sweet core of brambly black fruit that echoes the nose, evolving to include flavors that suggest dried orange zest, kalamata olives, and fresh thyme. The finish is refreshing and persistent, mineral-infused and vibrant, seasoned with whole cloves, black tea, and dusty dark cocoa.
About this wine producer: The modern history of this eighty-hectare estate in Vinsobres began with Henri Chauvet and Baron Le Roy, who together introduced the idea of “appellation contrôlée” in France in the 1920s. Henri Chauvet’s son-in-law Pierre Jaume was the driving force in the development of the estate, but it was his 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.”