Wine Advocate 92
" The single-vineyard Cotes du Rhone, the 2010 Les Champauvins, is a smaller cuvee made largely from Grenache (70%) and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. This is the poor person’s Chateauneuf du Pape, with notes of garrigue, lavender, black cherry jam, licorice, and a hint of blacker fruits. Rich, full-bodied, ripe, with sweet tannin and lots of concentration, this is a beauty to drink over the next 8-10 years – it is that rich and concentrated.
One of the best-run and highest quality estates of the Southern Rhone is Domaine Grand Veneur, now run by the younger generation of the Jaume family, Sebastien and Christophe. The brothers have done a fabulous job taking over for their quality-oriented father, Alain. These are their less expensive wines, but I will follow up later this year with my reviews of their 2010 Chateauneuf du Papes as well as the 2011s, which I have not yet tasted. They have certainly gotten a good start on their 2011 less expensive Cotes du Rhone selections. The Jaumes are some of the finest practitioners of white winemaking in the Southern Rhone and showcase that with their least expensive offerings, which are creative blends that over-deliver."
Rhone Report 92
"An unbelievable Cotes du Rhone that taste like a serious Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the 2010 Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Villages Les Champauvins (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre aged all in stainless steel) possesses fantastic, classic aromas of blackberry, lavender, roasted herbs, and licorice that flows to full-bodied, concentrated, and rich 2010 that stays fresh, elegant, and firmly planted in the south of France. Showing the freshness and class of the vintage, with a brilliant purity, juicy acidity, and a seamless texture, this top-notch southern Rhône should continue to improve for 2-3 years, and have upwards of 10-12 years of total longevity. Readers looking to maximize their purchasing power should not miss this wine."
Wine Advocate 89-91
" The gorgeous 2010 Cotes du Rhone Les Champauvins possesses lots of kirsch, pepper and lavender notes, sweet tannin, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and good focus as well as length. It is fresher and livelier than the lovely 2009 recommended several issues ago. "
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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