This estate, under the leadership of Sebastien and Christophe Jaume, continues to be one of the reference point producers for relatively modern styled Châteauneuf du Papes. In addition to their top tier efforts, the portfolio is loaded with smoking values at just about every price point.” Jeb Dunnuck (erobertparker.com).
The vineyards are grown in accordance with certified organic agricultural practices: The soils maintained exclusively by light ploughing and fertilised with vegetal compost.
The yields are low, or kept under control by green-harvesting. This intervention, carried out by hand in summer, enables selection not only in terms of quantity, but also quality, by favouring those bunches which are the best exposed. In order to keep the bunches well aired, the leaves around the grapes are thinned out by hand.
Following a careful maturation, the wines undergo only a light clarification so as to respect the unique terroir characteristics of each wine.
The Domaine was founded by Mathieu Jaume in 1826. Alain Jaume now runs the Domaine with the help of his two sons Sébastien and Christophe. The estate is located in the commune of Orange and consists of 75 hectares. It covers four different appellations: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Côtes-du-Rhône and Lirac. As of 2012 the estate is certified organic.
"Grand Veneur is one of the most brilliant estates in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as the force behind the negociant wines sold under the Alain Jaume label. Virtually everything they produce has merit. I can’t say enough about the job Alain Jaume’s two sons, Sebastian and Christophe, have done with this estate. The impeccable attention to detail in the vineyards, the meticulous vinification, and the careful bottling benefit every consumer.” Robert Parker