“At The End of the Day, You Can’t Go Wrong Here”
Rhône lovers, look out. The 2015 Alain Jaume “Terrasses de Montmirail” Gigondas was hailed by The Wine Advocate as “another winner,” from the epic 2015 vintage in the Southern Rhône. The Advocate praised the 2015 Alain Jaume as “balanced and polished,” showing “beautiful spice, black raspberry, kirsch, and dried flower.” And while Wine Spectator wrote of the 2015 Rhônes, “This is one of those rare vintages where consumers can almost buy with abandon,” there’s not even a little bit of guesswork required here. The Advocate rounded out it’s 90-92 point review with a clear message: “buy a case and enjoy bottles over the coming 7-8 years.” We would only advise that you do it quickly. At $29.99 per bottle — with characteristic Gigondas power on full display — 85 cases won’t last long.
For years, The Wine Advocate has lauded Alain Jaume as one of the top producers in the Southern Rhône, writing, “at the end of the day, you can’t go wrong here and the portfolio is packed with both quality and value.” Winemaking in the Jaume family dates to 1826, though the current estate was founded by Alain Jaume in 1979. Today, the estate is run by Jaume’s children, “the incredibly talented” Sebastien, Christophe, and Helene, and the future looks bright. As The Advocate concluded, “These are some of the most exciting wines coming out of the region and they should not be missed!” Above all in 2015.
Wine Spectator awarded 97 points to the 2015 vintage in the Southern Rhône, while Wine Enthusiast Importer of the Year and Master Sommelier, Fran Kysela raved: "When I first tasted the 2015 Red Rhône vintage from barrel it was like a mythical cross between 1999 and 2007. It has the color and body of 2007, without the aggressive tannins, and it has the juicy fruit character of 1999, with good length of finish, and very good aging potential."
Decanter honed in on Gigondas specifically, calling the 2015 wines, “well packed and fresh, with excellent length. The 2015 Alain Jaume “Terrasses de Montmirail” Gigondas, sourced from high-elevation, limestone plantings beneath the craggy white peaks of the Dentelles de Montmiral, is a poster child for 2015. Juicy and rich, offering up generous ripe fruit accented by cracked pepper and spice, this is perfect next to a braised leg of lamb, on a crisp fall evening.