Only keep wines you love
with our Society's Promise
Free delivery on
12 bottles or orders over £75
and get £20 off your first order
Ripe, full-bodied grenache-syrah blend from Vinsobres in the southern Rhône. Cool mountain breezes helped contain some of the ardour of the exceptional 2018 vintage. Fruity with good freshness.
Product Code: RH53932
View all products by Domaine Jaume
Domaine Jaume, which celebrated its centenary in 2005, has been supplying The Wine Society with Côtes-du-Rhône since 1981. The wines are among the best-selling red Rhônes on our list. The domaine is based in Vinsobres, a beautiful hillside village in the southern part of the Valley, blessed with extremely well-exposed vineyard sites. The Jaumes worked hard to get cru status for Vinsobres and in the end won the argument based on their Cuvée Référence.Though geographically close to villages like Cairanne or Rasteau, the climate here is quite different with particularly interesting potential for the syrah grape. The Jaumes also own plots of vines high above village at an altitude of some 420 meters which inspired the name for another of their cuvées – Vinsobres Altitude 420. Brothers Pascal and Richard Jaume are highly committed vignerons and strongly believe that wine should be highly enjoyable and approachable so the style they look for is smooth, round and satisfying. Pascal is often found in the vineyard and his wife Isabelle does much of the pruning. Richard divides his time between the cellar and the office. A warm welcome awaits visitors here, especially Wine Society members, with Richard’s wife Laurence on hand to meet and greet with genuine pleasure.
Producing over 3.5m hl (hectolitres), this is the second biggest region for production of appellation contrôlée wine in France after Bordeaux. Most is red, though production of both white and pink is growing. Some 20 grape varieties are planted in the south though one in particular, Grenache, gives the region as a whole its identity: generosity, body, weight and a definite tendency to making big wines. More than half of the production is of Côtes-du-Rhône with the best sold as Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. Better still are the so-called crus led by Châteauneuf-du-Pape itself.Châteauneuf-du-Pape: This large area to the north of Avignon makes the best wines of the south. Reds tend to be grenache based with syrah, mourvèdre and counoise also used. Few wines combine immense strength with perfect elegance quite so convincingly. Word of caution: Châteauneuf produces as much wine as the whole of the northern Rhône put together. A third is very good, a third acceptable and the last third, undrinkable.Right bank: Villages include Tavel (rosé only) Lirac, Saint-Gervais and Laudun. There is more rain here but it is also hot and grapes are therefore early ripening. Most of the area lies in the département of the Gard and stretches from the river westwards towards Nîmes where at some ill-defined line in the soil, the Rhône becomes the Languedoc. This is an area that has much improved over the years and has become a valuable source for very fine, concentrated syrah wines in particular.A little further on are the Costieres de Nimes, a large area of upland plateau, south-east of Nîmes. For the moment the Costières produces good everyday wines of good quality but there is potential to do much more.Northern hills: There are fresh sub-alpine breezes at work here and as a result the wines often have a distinct freshness too. Just north of Orange is the largely wooded and isolated Massif d'Uchaux. Many of its star producers here are able to farm organically. The three 'Vs' : Valréas, Visan and Vinsobres: These are three top neighbouring villages (with a 4th, Saint-Maurice broadly similar to Vinsobres). Vinsobres has full cru status and makes superb wine. Best names include Perrin, now the largest land owner and Domaine Jaume whose wines have been charming members since the 1979 vintage.Valréas and Visan are planted on the same hill but tend to look north. Emmanuel Bouchard is one of the top names in Valréas. Adrien Fabre makes both outstanding examples of both Visan and Saint-Maurice.Tricastin/Grignan-lès-Adhémar - The Tricastin is a much neglected part of the Rhône and coming down from the northern Rhône, these are the first vines one sees. It's a relatively cool area, far too cold for growing mourvèdre successfully, but the whites do very well and so does the syrah grape. The area has seen a name change as Tricastin is also the name of a power station on the river. The new name for the wines (which doesn't exactly trip off the tongue), is Grignan-lès-Adhémar. Central hills - This includes the villages of Cairanne and Rasteau along with neighbouring Roaix. Big full-bodied wines, grenache dominated. Rasteau is all power and might while Cairanne is more deicate.Plan de Dieu - Large flat expanse of pudding stones that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see, in the middle of which there is an airfield, (largely built for the Luftwaffe) surrounded by vines. Full-bodied style. Excellent for mourvèdre. Jaboulet are very good here as is the Meffre family.Eastern fringes - Set against an iconic landscape with Mont Ventoux and the craggy Dentelles de Montmirail as the backdrop, some of these hillsides were first planted by the Romans and include some of the best-known names in the Rhône Valley.Gigondas: Mountain wine, late harvested, always dramatic and very full-bodied though never coarse or overweight. These are generous reds, capable of long ageing. A little rosé is also made.Vacqueyras: Next door to Gigondas yet different. Fruitier, a shade less powerful and more obviously charming:Beaumes de Venise: The red is as full as Gigondas but rounder and less complex and this village is better known for its sweet muscat, a vin doux naturel and perfect for desserts.Ventoux: At nearly 2000m this is some mountain which scores of cyclists are forced to conquer every year in the Tour de France. Its lower slopes are vineyard country though. Traditionally these were known as Côtes du Ventoux and were made and sold cheaply. Things are changing though with more estates cutting yields and making full and concentrated wine, not dissimilar to and better value than many Châteauneufs.
"Nothing to add to the description above. Very appealing and a definate repeat purchase."
I would recommend this wine
"too chewy, sorry."
"Nothing to add to the description above. Very appealing and a definate repeat purchase."
I would recommend this wine
There are no press reviews for this product.
"I prefer this Cotes du Rhone to the Guigal half bottle. "
Mr David W Allan (22-Aug-2019)
"Rather boring but better than supermarket versions. Table wine really."
Mr Tom Lavercombe (22-Jan-2019)
"A solid drinking wine; not remarkable or deserving of a special occasion, but a perfect daily drinker. This has pretty much become my standard cupboard filler."
Mr Peter Favelle (12-Sep-2017)
"I had to double check that the bottle wasn't corked when I first tasted this. I left it for several hours with no improvement. The following day it was slightly drinkable. Likely just not to my taste, as other appear to love it, but I would rather pay an extra pound or so for one of the other lovely reds on offer."
Miss Sally Brown (12-Aug-2017)
"I found this a little sharp, so left it for a couple of hours before drinking. I didn't notice any improvement. Other reviews appear to love it, so possibly just not to my taste."
Miss Sally Brown (18-Jul-2017)
"I really like this wine, its fruity and goes down a treat.
I buy it in half bottles which is great if you're drinking alone. Such good value as well."
Mrs Diane Goulden (13-Jun-2017)
"I was impressed by this - it does what it says on the tin - fruity, satisfying, punchy, uncomplicated, enjoyable - what C du R tasted like when I first tasted it."
Mr Philip Kirkley (17-Feb-2017)
SS Accountz (12-Dec-2016)
"This is my normal every day drinking wine. I thoroughly recommend it."
Owen Wells Esq (11-Aug-2016)
"Curiously this wine tastes much better in halves than full bottles (in both cases the 2014 vintage was tested), though it's acceptable in either. A very convenient, well-balanced, fruity accompaniment to the evening meal. Keeps well overnight."
Dr Christopher Currie (23-Dec-2015)
"Members should be aware that the information on this wine is misleading. It is the half bottle version of the society Cotes du Rhone, produced by Jaume, not the Ogier family. Also the 2013 vintage is very different from previous years, with much less grenache than usual. The reviews for the full bottle version should be read before buying. Personally, I did not find the wine to be unpleasant, but it is unexciting and there is better value available from the supermarkets."
Mr Stephen Brown (27-Jan-2015)
"Purchased as part of a mixed case. Excellent cuvee from the 2012 vintage in a handy half bottle. Complemented roast chicken."
Mr Malcolm J Davies (18-Feb-2014)
"Really good example of Cotes de Rhone. Mulberries in spades - yummy!"
Mr Tim Jones (03-Aug-2013)
"I used to be a bit sniffy about previous vintages, but have been very impressed by these halves. Pleasant nose, very palatable flavour. Would buy again."
Dr Christopher Currie (19-Jul-2013)
"At this price - Excellent!"
Mr David P Gardner (30-Sep-2011)
"A very true example, more of which I am about to order!"
Mr Peter Lawrence (25-May-2010)
"We found this to be a very palatable and smooth wine. Definitely worth buying again."
Mr Michael Aldridge (21-Feb-2010)
Log in to view notes
Sign up for a carefully-curated selection of recipes, guides, in-depth expertise and much more.
By using The Wine Society website, you agree to cookies being used in accordance with the policy outlined below. If you do not agree to this, you must alter your browser settings to turn off cookies or block those types which are unacceptable to you or cease using the website.
You may alter your browser settings to turn off cookies or block those types which are unacceptable to you, but this will cause difficulties when accessing and using some areas of the site. Instructions on how to do this can also be found below.
4.4.1. What are 'Cookies'?
4.4.2. How do Cookies help The Wine Society?
Cookies allow our website to function effectively. Cookies also help us to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly. We can learn what information is important to our visitors, and what isn't.
The Wine Society does not accept advertising from third parties and therefore, as a rule, does not serve third-party cookies. Exceptions to this include performance/analytical cookies (see below), used anonymously to improve the way our website works, the provision of personalised recommendations, and occasions when we may team up with suppliers to offer special discounts on goods or services.
The Society uses technology to track the patterns of behaviour of visitors to our site.
4.4.4. What type of cookies does The Wine Society use?
We use the following three types of cookies:
184.108.40.206. Strictly Necessary CookiesThese cookies are required for the operation of our website, enabling you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services like shopping baskets or e-billing cannot be provided. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:
220.127.116.11. Functionality & Targeting/Tracking CookiesThese cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our website and to provide enhanced features. This allows us to personalise our content for you. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:
18.104.22.168. Performance/analytical cookiesThese cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information which identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:
22.214.171.124. Authentication CookieIn order for us to ensure that your data remains secure it is necessary for us to verify that your session is authentic (i.e. it has not been compromised by a malicious user). We do this by storing an otherwise meaningless unique ID in a cookie for the duration of your visit. No personal information can be gained from this cookie.
4.4.5. How do you turn cookies off?
All modern browsers allow you to modify your cookie settings so that all cookies, or those types which are not acceptable to you, are blocked. However, please note that this may affect the successful functioning of the site, particularly if you block all cookies, including essential cookies. For example, In Internet Explorer, go to the Tools Menu, then go to Internet Options, then go to Privacy. Here you can change the rules your browser uses to accept cookies. You can find out more in the public sources mentioned below.
4.4.6. Learn more about cookies