Thursday, November 19, 2009

**+ $$ Alain Jaume & Fils Reserve Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone, 2007, France - Wine Review and Rating

This tasting was conducted at Eno, a wine and cheese and chocolate tasting restaurant that is based in about half-a-dozen locations across North America. The concept is fairly unique: you build your own pairings of wine, cheese and/or chocolate tastings from a wide assortment. In the case of wines, some 300 to 500 labels are said to be available at different times. In this case, we tasted on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago IL, and focused on a combination of bold wines that were said to be excellent pairings with sturdy hard cheeses.

By way of background:
Alain Jaume & Fils Reserve Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone is a fairly typical Rhone blend of approximately 80 percent grenache and 20 percent syrah.

In the glass: Reserve Grand Veneur CdR shows as deep burgundy.

On the nose: The aromas are reminiscent of beaujolais, purple and bright.

On the palate: The brightness comes through on the palate, bringing high fruit, mostly ripe red currant.

And the finish: Is also clean and bright, modest in length.

In summary: Nice one-time experience, two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its general pleasantness.

Find Reserve Grand Veneur at WineZap.

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