Alain Jaume Les Gélinottes Ventoux 2019

I loved the 2016 vintage of this wine, mostly when it was in its primary state, though (2016 Southern Rhone reds quickly went into a dumb phase in my experience, see also here). The 2019 is good, but not on the same level.

I think there is a slight change in the style compared to the 2016 version. Surprisingly light color. It’s like a Beaujolais Cru from the Southern Rhone, with an emphasis on bright fruit. Definitely not your raisiny, ripe Grenache blend, though it’s full on the palate. There is a whole bunch-like character here which made it look vibrant at first, but after some aerating it turned a bit too herbal for me. This might become a better wine with a few years of aging, when the green notes turn into spiciness.

Rating: good wine, but be aware of the herbal edge, 86 points.
Price: 8,33€.
Stockist: Vinatis.
Value: OK but not a re-buy.
Tasted: December, 2020.
Drinking window: now-2024.
Source: own purchase.