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Domaine Albin Jacumin Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Begude des Papes 2019 (Magnum 1.5L)  - First Bottle

Reviews

92 Wine Enthusiast -
This wine has good tension and energy, waiting to release notes of stewed ripe strawberries, Morello cherries, eucalyptus and a bouquet of violets and rose hips that becomes even more expressive in a wide, bowl-shaped glass. The wine is accessible now with a gentle decant or hold for another 1-3 years to fully enjoy its complex layers.
91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
This domaine is making better wines in recent vintages. Jacumin's 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape La Begude des Papes—70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre and 3% Cinsault, matured in a variety of vessels—boasts subtle garrigue notes and plenty of ripe cherries. It's full-bodied, supple, creamy and lush on the mid-palate, then turns a bit tannic and firm on the finish.
91 Vinous -
Brilliant ruby-red. Lively red and blue fruits, savory herbs and candied flowers on the spice-and mineral-accented nose. Sappy cherry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors deepen and turn sweeter through the midpalate. Blends depth and energy with a steady hand and finishes long and smooth, with a repeating cherry note and harmonious tannins.
91 Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Begude Des Papes is outstanding. Based on 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, and the balance Cinsault, it’s a medium to full-bodied, ripe, yet nicely balanced 2019 offering terrific purity of fruit, notes of peppery herbs, leather, and darker fruits, good mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It’s rock-solid and has a decade of prime drinking ahead of it.
91 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider -
Smoked herbs, thyme, flowers and cherry notes come alive on the nose. From there, you easily find a medium-bodied, soft, elegant, kirsch dominated wine with freshness, purity and spicy undertones in the finish. The wine was made from blending mostly Grenache, with Mourvedre and Cinsault . Drink from 2023 - 2033.

Technical Details

  • Blend70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre and 3% Cinsault
  • WinemakerAlbin and Agnes Jacumin
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Alcohol15.5%

Domaine Albin Jacumin Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Begude des Papes 2019 (Magnum 1.5L)

Red Blends  |  France
WE92, WA91, VN91, JD91, JL91

33% off retail!

Like 2016 in Italy or 2018 in Bordeaux, 2019 is a world-class, superstar vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The Jacumin husband/wife team made a simply outrageously delicious La Begude des Papes in this tremendous vintage – 70% grenache, 15% mourvedre, 12% syrah, and 3% cinsault – with the grenache vines over 50 years old! Jeb Dunnuck called it “outstanding”, and we’re inclined to agree. Having this in magnum is just a perfect flex – especially when that magnum is less than $80!

Domaine Albin Jacumin has been one of our favorite Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers for a few years running, and this 2019  La Begude des Papes just hits me in all the happy places. Tremendous now, but with a promise of a beautiful deepening of complexities over the next decade-plus, the potential for this wine is nearly endless.

Jeb Dunnuck had a lot of boasting about the 2019 vintage here, saying, “...in short, 2019 appears to be a beautiful, possibly exceptional, vintage for the Southern Rhône.” He went on further to extoll the developing status of the Jacumin estate, calling it one “savvy readers should keep a close eye on, as the quality from Albin Jacumin has been on an upward trajectory.”

So, it seems Albin and Agnes Jacumin have secured another fan, and it’s no wonder! I’ve been a big fan for years, and that was BEFORE we shared a magical meal with Albin and his wife, Agnes, at their home last winter (their dining room window was perfectly situated beneath the old Châteauneuf du Pape ruin, with a moon rising behind, no less!) The Jacumin’s are strictly traditional when it comes to their winemaking, with everything fermented in concrete, and aged in a combination of new and used vessels with careful blending (and lots of sampling!) throughout. This selection of fruit, from 55+-year-old plots, mostly on the revered northern plateau of CdP combines to create a restrained, youthful wine, simply brimming with elegant, silky-yet-powerful kirsch and blue fruits, sweet herbs, licorice, anise, and flowery pastille scents and flavors, wonderfully fresh and deep and wildly drinkable. A good one for the cellar, too – up to a decade, for certain in 750s so easily 15 to 20 years in a magnum like this! SO GOOD and simply amazing pricing that you can’t find anywhere else!

PAIRING IDEAS: Albin and Agnes recommend a wild boar stew, and while I’m on board...wild boar can be tough to find. Go for this classic pork and beans cassoulet instead.

About the Producer

Domaine Albin Jacumin is another recent success story in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Although, the Jacumin family has been involved in making wine in the Southern Rhone Valley for almost 120 years. Domaine Albin Jacumin was founded in 1991. The creation of the domaine and its vineyard came about with the vines owned by the Jacumin family were merged together. The first vintage for the estate was the 1995. The vines are planted in the les Brusquieres lieu-dit. The grapes are destemmed. Vinification takes place in cement vats. The wine is aged in a combination of vats along with used, French oak barrels and demi-muids before bottling. The production is on average 2,500 cases per year.