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Bag yourself the chance to enjoy Côtes-du-Rhône on tap! This box contains five lovely litres of round and fruity red from Domaine Jaume, who have been supplying The Wine Society with Côtes-du-Rhône since 1981. With a touch of spice to the flavour, this is made with grenache and syrah grapes from young vines, giving the wine a freshness that makes it perfect for barbecues or parties. We have had a sample open in our temperature-controlled tasting room (far away from the roasting south of France) for a couple of months and it's still as fresh as a daisy; so please note that while the Jaumes recommend drinking it within 20 days of opening to enjoy it at its freshest, rest assured that it will keep for longer if stored in a cool place!
Product Code: QVT-RH49945
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Domaine Jaume, which celebrated its centenary in 2005, has been supplying The Wine Society with Côtes-du-Rhône since 1981. The wines are among the best-selling red Rhônes on our list. The domaine is based in Vinsobres, a beautiful hillside village in the southern part of the Valley, blessed with extremely well-exposed vineyard sites. The Jaumes worked hard to get cru status for Vinsobres and in the end won the argument based on their Cuvée Référence.Though geographically close to villages like Cairanne or Rasteau, the climate here is quite different with particularly interesting potential for the syrah grape. The Jaumes also own plots of vines high above village at an altitude of some 420 meters which inspired the name for another of their cuvées – Vinsobres Altitude 420. Brothers Pascal and Richard Jaume are highly committed vignerons and strongly believe that wine should be highly enjoyable and approachable so the style they look for is smooth, round and satisfying. Pascal is often found in the vineyard and his wife Isabelle does much of the pruning. Richard divides his time between the cellar and the office. A warm welcome awaits visitors here, especially Wine Society members, with Richard’s wife Laurence on hand to meet and greet with genuine pleasure.
Producing over 3.5m hl (hectolitres), this is the second biggest region for production of appellation contrôlée wine in France after Bordeaux. Most is red, though production of both white and pink is growing. Some 20 grape varieties are planted in the south though one in particular, Grenache, gives the region as a whole its identity: generosity, body, weight and a definite tendency to making big wines. More than half of the production is of Côtes-du-Rhône with the best sold as Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. Better still are the so-called crus led by Châteauneuf-du-Pape itself.Châteauneuf-du-Pape: This large area to the north of Avignon makes the best wines of the south. Reds tend to be grenache based with syrah, mourvèdre and counoise also used. Few wines combine immense strength with perfect elegance quite so convincingly. Word of caution: Châteauneuf produces as much wine as the whole of the northern Rhône put together. A third is very good, a third acceptable and the last third, undrinkable.Right bank: Villages include Tavel (rosé only) Lirac, Saint-Gervais and Laudun. There is more rain here but it is also hot and grapes are therefore early ripening. Most of the area lies in the département of the Gard and stretches from the river westwards towards Nîmes where at some ill-defined line in the soil, the Rhône becomes the Languedoc. This is an area that has much improved over the years and has become a valuable source for very fine, concentrated syrah wines in particular.A little further on are the Costieres de Nimes, a large area of upland plateau, south-east of Nîmes. For the moment the Costières produces good everyday wines of good quality but there is potential to do much more.Northern hills: There are fresh sub-alpine breezes at work here and as a result the wines often have a distinct freshness too. Just north of Orange is the largely wooded and isolated Massif d'Uchaux. Many of its star producers here are able to farm organically. The three 'Vs' : Valréas, Visan and Vinsobres: These are three top neighbouring villages (with a 4th, Saint-Maurice broadly similar to Vinsobres). Vinsobres has full cru status and makes superb wine. Best names include Perrin, now the largest land owner and Domaine Jaume whose wines have been charming members since the 1979 vintage.Valréas and Visan are planted on the same hill but tend to look north. Emmanuel Bouchard is one of the top names in Valréas. Adrien Fabre makes both outstanding examples of both Visan and Saint-Maurice.Tricastin/Grignan-lès-Adhémar - The Tricastin is a much neglected part of the Rhône and coming down from the northern Rhône, these are the first vines one sees. It's a relatively cool area, far too cold for growing mourvèdre successfully, but the whites do very well and so does the syrah grape. The area has seen a name change as Tricastin is also the name of a power station on the river. The new name for the wines (which doesn't exactly trip off the tongue), is Grignan-lès-Adhémar. Central hills - This includes the villages of Cairanne and Rasteau along with neighbouring Roaix. Big full-bodied wines, grenache dominated. Rasteau is all power and might while Cairanne is more deicate.Plan de Dieu - Large flat expanse of pudding stones that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see, in the middle of which there is an airfield, (largely built for the Luftwaffe) surrounded by vines. Full-bodied style. Excellent for mourvèdre. Jaboulet are very good here as is the Meffre family.Eastern fringes - Set against an iconic landscape with Mont Ventoux and the craggy Dentelles de Montmirail as the backdrop, some of these hillsides were first planted by the Romans and include some of the best-known names in the Rhône Valley.Gigondas: Mountain wine, late harvested, always dramatic and very full-bodied though never coarse or overweight. These are generous reds, capable of long ageing. A little rosé is also made.Vacqueyras: Next door to Gigondas yet different. Fruitier, a shade less powerful and more obviously charming:Beaumes de Venise: The red is as full as Gigondas but rounder and less complex and this village is better known for its sweet muscat, a vin doux naturel and perfect for desserts.Ventoux: At nearly 2000m this is some mountain which scores of cyclists are forced to conquer every year in the Tour de France. Its lower slopes are vineyard country though. Traditionally these were known as Côtes du Ventoux and were made and sold cheaply. Things are changing though with more estates cutting yields and making full and concentrated wine, not dissimilar to and better value than many Châteauneufs.
"Cotes du Rhône from a Box! Who knew this to be so acceptable? I have just finished my box and will be back very promptly for the next one. Certainly to be recommended."
I would recommend this wine
"Eventually, someone had to produce a wine box with drinkable wine inside. No surprise that it is the Wine Society that has done so. Jaume make very good CdR and the contents of this box really delivered. I write this review having just bought two more, one of which is a present. Highly recommended."
"For the price this I believe to be exceptionally good value for money. when i lived in France I was able to buy from the supermarket or direct from vineyard exceptional wines - lets hope that come available in uk"
"I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner and unless there are others at the table, I do not want to open a bottle.
The boxes I've had have lasted longer than 20 days and it is very "drinkable" for a box wine.
I'll buy again"
I would recommend this wine
"I have had several of these boxes for everyday use and have not had a disappointing one yet. I rarely drink more than one glass a day and I find it lasts really well: much better than opening a bottle which seldom tastes as good the next day. In my opinion excellent value for the price."
"A solid and robust everyday wine without the necessity to open a whole bottle if you don't want to - and if you do then an hour in a decanter opens it up nicely."
"A solid everyday wine. As others have mentioned, an hour in a carafe will improve it but it's perfectly good straight out of the box."
"Excellent red - full bodied and great for lockdown!"
"Bought 2 boxes just before lockdown. Delivered a few weeks later and opened the first and then the second in late April and early May. Both were fine to begin with but both started to do distinctly “off” before we finished them, to the point we actually put the last half bottle or so down the sink. After the experience with the first, I noted the date the second was opened and it was only about 2 weeks later it was tasting bad.
Other reviews don’t seem to recount a similar problem but strange both boxes we had behaved the same way."
"My wife and I really enjoyed this boxed Rhone. Kept it in our wine fridge set at 11 degrees and used a carafe to take the amount we wanted. That action opened the wine. Then left it for a short time in a cool room and it went up a few degrees. The box means you can drink over a 20 day period so we had some days to try other wines! I think stars should be a balance between quality of the wine and price, with quality being more important. This box is equivalent of about £6.40 a bottle. As we really liked the wine I nearly gave 5 stars but in the end decided on 4."
"this was really impressive at the Rhone tasting this week. Proper Cotes du Rhone. Nice and fresh and fruity and too good for a party! Personally I preferred it to the bottled version and cheaper."
"This is the fourth box that I have bought. Three for me and one as a present for a daughter for a camping holiday. Good drinking CdR and nice enough to have with a steak dinner last night and a joint of beef tonight. Still very pleasant in the third week open and I am sure that it will be just as nice next weekend."
"Very happy to recommend this box. Convenient format, decent quality wine for the price (works out at approx £1 per glass). It's not top quality, but a good everyday Cotes du Rhone with plenty of black fruits and spices. It stayed fresh for over a month and I will re-order. I hope the Society can persuade other suppliers to provide wines in this format (Messrs Sichel and Hugel in particular). I would certainly be willing to pay more for better quality wine."
"We got this for a camping trip. Such a convenient way of taking a reasonable quantity of wine away. It's probably not the best example of this wine but I would say it was good value. Decanting it definitely improves it a lot. Wine in a box is for convenience not for top quality, and this fine. If it was a really top wine it would probably cost in the region of £100 for a 5 litre box! "
"A great wine for the price. Decanted it into 75cl bottle so we could see how much we were drinking, and to give it some air (in the light of some of the comments here), and found it lived up well to the name on the bottle I’d used (Jaume)
This wine will join the list of WS everyday favourites, for sure "
"As we were away for a week a wine box seemed sensible and i wanted to try one as it has been a long time since we last had one.
Initial reaction was poor... It needed time to settle at room temperature after being in car boot... Day 2 wad a significant improvement. Not bad for the occasional glass drinker or for a bbq.. Large party etc.
Good value for money at bottle equivalent rate. "
"Bought a box as a top-up for Christmas and was not expecting wonders. so I was agreeably surprised by the quality of the wine. However, there was a marked difference in the result when I
(a) poured the wine off straight into a glass;
(b) decanted a litre into a carafe; and
(c) decanted a litre into a carafe through an aerator.
In both cases of decanting, there was an appreciable improvement in flavour and general 'mouthfeel'. I'd recommend giving this wine some air and activity before rushing to judgment. Would I buy another? I'll try it when I've finished a few remaining bottles of the Society's Côtes-du-Rhone - and may try subjecting them to the same test."
"So so CdR. I've been a Jaume drinker for many years, and I wouldn't rate this. I found it a bit of a faff to open and I smiled at the characteristic family self-promotion on the box."
"We thoroughly enjoyed our first box and have just ordered 2 more. I agree with a previous reviewer that the opening procedure was complicated."
"Our first wine box, which we decided to try because it was sold by the Wine Society, had received some good reviews and was produced by Domaine Jaume.
The instructions could have been a bit clearer and would have benefited from being along the top of the box instead of on the end - it would saved us a few contortions for sure.
As for the wine - it's OK. Three stars (just), but we won't be buying again. Domaine Jaume in a bottle is so much better."
"A very pleasant surprise. I am not surprised that the "Society" offer us a fair wine at a fair price, but this is really very good for the money and our box did not last very long. Another on the way!!"
"I am disappointed with the quality of this Domaine Jaume BiB not because it is particularly poor but because we know it could be so much better with a small tweak and perhaps a modest increase in price. Having discovered Jaume over 20 years ago and making regular visits we became accustomed to moving up by one notch on their basic range would take the quality to a different level. I belief the BiB concept is most welcome but a better quality would be welcome - friends are inclined to give it an O.K. rating only."
The Guardian 3rd Oct 2020
"Bumper-sized box of
eminently gluggable, gutsy Côtes du Rhône. Perfect for large households. - Fiona Beckett"
Metro 10th Jul 2018
"A surprising offering
from the Wine Society, in a monster format that defines 'bang for buck'. The
wine itself is all juicy cassis and cracked black pepper, just what we are
seeking in the southern French grenache-syrah blend. It's a delightful
family-run outfit, in that two brothers produce the wine while their other
halves tend the vines and guide the oeno-tourists. - Rob Buckhaven"
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