2006 alain jaume lirac clos de sixte
"Chewy, thick, and rich with good acidity in addition to outstanding depth and texture, the 2007 is slightly superior to the 2006 Lirac Clos de Sixte. The latter wine, made from a similar blend, is more tannic and rustic, but still outstanding. It reveals a style similar to its 2007 counterpart. Both vintages should evolve nicely for 5-7 years. One of the finest properties in Chateauneuf du Pape, Grand Veneur's estate wines have been performing at a brilliant level, and their negociant line, bottled under the name Alain Jaume, is also impressive." -90 points Robert Parker
"Very open and inviting, with fig bread, fruitcake, licorice and mulled raspberry aromas and flavors riding over a racy, graphite-tinged finish. Drink now through 2010." -90 points Wine Spectator
"Vineyards in slopes and plateaux. Terroir composed by a mix of clay and sand, covered with pebble. The vineyards are farmed following organic practices. Traditional wine-making in stainless steel vats. Crushed and destemmed grapes, with a fermentation temperature of 30Â°C. It spends 18 days of vatting with pigeages."
"An intense red garnet colour. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild blackberry) are dominant. The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liquor and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshy of the wine. The end develop hints of liquorice and vanilla, which give to the wine length and complexity." -Winery
"In the Jaume family, the generations have perpetuated the profession of winegrower since Mathieu JAUME decided, in 1826, to grow vines in Chateauneuf Du Pape. The successions were assumed by Marius, Fernand and Roger. In 1979, Alain and Odile JAUME carried on the family tradition with the creation of the Grand Veneur. At the beginning, the vineyard extended over 22 acres. Over time, the vineyard grew to today's figure of nearly 170 acres spread in the Chateauneuf du Pape, Lirac, Cotes Du Rhone Villages "Les Champauvins", and Cotes Du Rhone areas."
"In 2003, a new estate of 50 acres was acquired : the "Clos de Sixte" Appellation d'Origine ContrÃ´lÃ©e Lirac. This appellation located few kilometres from ChÃ¢teauneuf du Pape (in front of it when you cross the Rhone river), is one of the fifteen Crus of the RhÃ´ne Valley. However, the soils are unique and they look like the plateaux of ChÃ¢teauneuf du Pape with sandy-clay earth and the famous rocks that cover the soil. For many years, Lirac had less reputation than ChÃ¢teauneuf du Pape, but it is potentially the coming "outsider" of the Rhone Valley. Over the years, the family has grown, too. Today, SÃ©bastien and Christophe are gradually taking charge of the management of the estate. Sharing the family know-how, they have to put to maximum advantage their knowledge in wine-growing and wine-tasting."-Winery