Daumen Mediterrannee 2017, 75cl
This is a new portfolio of wines for both us, and Jean-Paul Daumen. They simply desire to be accessible and authentic.
The IGP Mediterrannee, from the owner of Domaine de la Vieille Julienne (John-Paul Daumen) is made in the same winery and with the same attention to detail as the main wines. It began in 2010, Jean-Paul began a project under his 'Daumen' label. These are wines made partly from vineyards that he owns and partly from vineyards own by friends. The appellation is neither Côtes du Rhône nor Châteauneuf, it is simply labelled as an IGP wine. However, Jean-Paul works the vineyards as if they were his own, and the vineyards are farmed organically or biodynamically.
This wine contains Cabernet Sauvignon Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, the rest Carignan and Cinsault. Only 20,000 bottles are produced from these 6 hectares that go into this wine.
A deeply earthy and spice driven nose greet the drinker. Ripe red plum with rose petal touches, sweet cherry underneath. Very earthy and savoury. Also in the mouth nice ripe fruit with rose petals with some orange rinc character. Medium bodied with soft, polished tannin, but also beautiful spices.
"Made from a mix of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Vdp D'Orange (now labelled IGP Mediterrannee) is a forward, nicely fruited effort that has plenty of Cabernet Character as well as peppery herbs and licorice aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and nicely concentrated, it’s a wine to buy a case of for drinking over the coming 4-5 years.
In addition to his Vieille Julienne releases, Jean-Paul Daumen also releases small amounts of wine under his Daumen label. These are reasonably priced and come from growers Jean-Paul works closely with, and most are made in just a couple hundred case lots. These aren’t your average, large production, Negociant wine."
(Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #227, October 2016)