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3.8
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4.0

Alain Jaume Rasteau Les Valats

Alain Jaume
2012
2017
$22.00
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750 mL
Wine Type
Red Wine
RegionRhone
Alcohol Level
Country
France
SubregionRasteau
Drinking Window
GrapesShiraz/SyrahGrenacheMourvedre
Wine Description:
Alain Jaume Rasteau Les Valats, hailing from the northern Vaucluse region, boasts clay-limestone, stony slopes, and plateaus at medium altitudes, reaching up to 350 meters. The terroir, akin to Gigondas, induces a late grape ripening, fostering the development of concentrated, high-acid grapes crucial for producing wines of distinctive character. The poor soils and Mediterranean micro-climate contribute to the uniqueness of the wine. Rasteau earned Cru classification in 2009. The predominant grape is Grenache, complemented by Syrah and Mourvèdre. Following traditional vinification in concrete and stainless steel tanks, the wine undergoes elevage in tanks, and bottling occurs 10 to 12 months after harvest, resulting in a wine that beautifully captures the essence of its terroir.
Pros:
  • Rich and complex aromas of dark fruits, spices, and herbs
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Cons:
  • May be too bold and intense for some palates

User Rating:

3.8
Regularly Reviewed

Expert Rating:

4.0

Wine Expert Note:

This Alain Jaume Rasteau Les Valats is a bold, intense, and powerful wine with a bold nose of dark fruit, herbs, and a hint of leather. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and robust, with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and a spicy, smoky finish. The tannins are firm and present, and the overall structure is well-balanced, making it a great choice for pairing with meals.
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