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, dark royal purple color, almost black at the center, with flashes of crimson just at the edge. Aromas of sun-warmed crushed black fruit, including brandied cherries, black raspberries, red currant preserves, and Damson plums, along with fleeting suggestions of crushed violets, ripe olives, and freshly sanded cedar 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, white tobacco, duck fat, and smoked charcuterie. And the finish is refreshing and persistent, mineral-infused and vibrant, seasoned with sweet red peppers sprinkled with crushed pink peppercorns.
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.”