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Domaine Albin Jacumin Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Aime 2019  - First Bottle

Reviews

94 Jeb Dunnuck -
Even better, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape A Aimé boasts a vivid purple hue as well as a gorgeous perfume of kirsch, blackberries, new leather, peppery herbs, and assorted spices. Medium to full-bodied, pure, and balanced, this estate did a great job managing the tannins in the vintage, and this can be enjoyed any time over the coming 10-12 years.
92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Marked by the 25% new oak barrels used in its elevage, the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape à Aimé comes from mixed plantings around 80 years old. Notes of vanilla, toast and black cherries appear on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied, rich, lush and long, with a dry, cedary finish. It's a bit international in style—one could make the argument that similar wines can be produced from other warm-climate regions, but it delivers plenty of hedonistic value.
92 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider -
Fresh, peppery, kirsch is what you will enjoy here from start to finish in this elegant, vibrant, medium-bodied, silky, lifted wine. Refined and ready to go, this will be just great on release.

Technical Details

  • BlendRhone Blend
  • WinemakerAlbin and Agnes Jacumin
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Alcohol16%

Domaine Albin Jacumin Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Aime 2019

Red Blends  |  France
JD94, WA92, JL92

28% off retail!

“...in short, 2019 appears to be a beautiful, possibly exceptional, vintage for the Southern Rhône.” – Jeb Dunnuck

Domaine Albin Jacumin has been one of our favorite Châteauneuf du Pape producers for a few years running, and this 2019 top cuvee just adds to the list of what makes these folks so spectacular. With over 30% savings on their flagship wine – this is something that every Rhone lover needs to add to their collection. Tremendous now, but with a promise of a beautiful deepening of complexities over the next decade-plus, join me in adding a few of these to your stash.

This wine is a tribute to Albin’s grandfather “Aimé” – who had co-planted these two plots to all 13 traditionally allowed CdP varieties back in the 1930s. At an average age of over 80 years, these are some seriously old, amazingly gnarly vines that easily makeup in flavor what they lack in total yields. After manual harvesting and sorting in the vineyards, this flagship offering sees the royal treatment in the cellar and the results are clear in the glass. As Jeb puts it succinctly with a 94-point review: “...the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape A Aimé boasts a vivid purple hue as well as a gorgeous perfume of kirsch, blackberries, new leather, peppery herbs, and assorted spices. Medium to full-bodied, pure, and balanced, this estate did a great job managing the tannins in the vintage...”

He went on to mark Jacumin as “an estate savvy readers should keep a close eye on, as the quality from Albin Jacumin has been on an upward trajectory.” We are in full agreement on both counts, and that was before we shared a magical meal with Albin and his wife, Agnes, at their home (their living room window was perfectly situated beneath the old Châteauneuf du Pape ruin, with a moon rising behind, no less!) The Jacumins 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. Only 100 cases of this cuvee is bottled each year – a spicy, elegantly fragrant and velvety wine that perfectly showcases the ripe red and black fruits, the roasted herbs, and the penetrating warmth of a great Châteauneuf-du-Pape. At under $50, this is a bargain – a direct competitor with wines more than double this price!

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 Châteauneuf du Pape appellation – even though 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 when 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, with vinification taking place in cement vats. The wines are aged in a combination of vats along with used, French oak barrels and demi-muids before bottling with a production averaging 2,500 cases per year.