90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
"Nicely complex and layered nose of ripe forest fruit, coffee and a hint of brown sugar. Lots of fresh, ripe cherry-berry fruit persists on the palate, with hints of vanilla, black forest gateau, chocolate, clove and anise. Very modern and full-bodied with a creamy lush texture. Supple tannins and a long vanilla tinged finish." 90 points Wine Enthusiast
"The 2007 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Vinsobres is a more tannic, structured, earth, masculine, dense ruby/purple-hued effort made from 60% Grenache, lots of Syrah and Mourvedre, and small amounts of Cinsault and Carignan. While it reveals plenty of texture and density, it is forebodingly backward, and will benefit from 6-7 more months of bottle age. It should last for 5-7 years thereafter." 88+ Points Robert Parker
"60% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah. Very rich and tarry, but with masses of super-ripe fruit and no excess of animal gaminess. Fresh. Very good value. (JR)" 16.5 out of 20 points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages
"Chaume-Arnaud began with a family-owned estate that grew grapes for many generations. For decades the Chaume family historically sold their entire crop to the local cooperative. In 1996, Valerie Chaume struck out a new path- she decided to put her oenology degree to use, borrowed an old press and a few tanks from her parents, and began producing wine of her own. In 1999, together with her husband, Philippe, they began bottling and selling wine under the Chaume-Arnaud name."
"Today Valerie and Philippe own 33 hectares in Vinsobres, and 6 hectares in the Cotes du Rhone Village Massif d'Uchaux and Saint Maurice. The estate became certified biodynamic as of the 2009 vintage. The Vinsobres AOC spans 450 hectares located in the northern stretch of the Southern Rhone. Vinsobres recently earned its separate AOC distinction in 2005, previously falling under the CÃ´tes-du-RhÃ´ne Villages Vinsobres appellation. Vinsobres benefits from higher altitudes, and therefore, cooler climates than its southern brethren. It has rocky and sandy soils on its hillsides, and quaternary rocky, alluvial soils on its terraces, with lots of galets roulÃ©s, much like Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It is protected from the Mistral wind thanks to the nearby mountains." -Importer