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2000 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines

Light signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

ITEM 7983467 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
$50
Item Sold Amount Date
I7994092 1 $46 Nov 7, 2021
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RATINGS

93Robert M. Parker Jr.

...sumptuous perfume of sweet blackberries and cherries intermixed with hints of pepper, licorice, and spice box. Full-bodied and concentrated, with sweet tannin, adequate acidity, and a long finish...

88-91Stephen Tanzer

Blackcurrant, violet, bitter chocolate and pronounced oakiness on the nose. Rich, round and superripe;

PRODUCER

Domaine Grand Veneur

Domaine Grand Veneur is a 170-acre estate based in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in the Rhone Valley. It has been owned and operated by the Jaume family since the early 19th century and is today run by Alain Jaume and his two sons. The family’s vineyards now include parcels in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes du Rhone and Lirac, the appellation on the other side of the Rhone River. Grand Veneur produces red and white wines, and the family also has a negociant business called Alain Jaume & Fils. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called Grand Veneur “one of the best run estates in Chateauneuf-du-Pape…The hallmarks of Grand Veneur wines include their extraordinary purity of flavor and impeccable balance.”

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.