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Les Halos de Jupiter History, Overview
Les Halos de Jupiter began with the 2007 vintage. Les Halos de Jupiter takes its name as you should expect from Jupiter and its halos. The project is a partnership between the noted consultant Philippe Cambie and Michel Gassier. The combination of Philippe Cambie and Michel Gassier has been quite successful.
Aside from the high quality wines they are producing in Chateauneuf du Pape, they are also making some of the best value wines in the Southern Rhone Valley with Cercius Vieilles Vignes from vines planted in the Cotes du Rhone appellation. Michel Gassier is also the owner of Chateau de Nages located in the Costieres de Nimes appellation.
The best vintages of Les Halos de Jupiter are: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2007.
Les Halos de Jupiter makes a wide array of wines from other appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley including Costieres de Nimes, Cotes du Rhone, Rasteau, Gigondas and Vacqueyras. Most of these wines seem to be made for export markets outside of France.
Les Halos de Jupiter Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Les Halos de Jupiter produces 2 red Chateauneuf wines and one white Chateauneuf du Pape wine.
Les Halos de Jupiter Chateauneuf du Pape is made from 100% old vine Grenache. The vines are all over 100 years of age from parcels located between Orange and Courthezon. The terroir is a mixture of limestone, sandstone and small gravel rocks and stone soils.
The grapes are 100% destemmed without any crushing of the fruit. The wine is aged in one year old, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. The average annual production of this wine is only 320 cases per year.
Les Halos de Jupiter Adrastee is made from 100% old vine Grenache. The vines are over 100 years of age and are planted in the famous La Crau lieu-dit. The grapes are 100% destemmed without any crushing of the fruit. Vinification takes place at 28 degrees Celsius for about 5 weeks.
The wine is aged in one year old, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. The average annual production of Les Halos de Jupiter Adrastee is only 125 cases per vintage, making it almost impossible to find. But it’s worth the effort to try to find a few bottles, as this is a sublime wine produced in a great style.
Les Halos de Jupiter Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is made from a blend that is 70% Roussanne and 30% Grenache Blanc. The berries are harvested early in the morning hours in the cold weather to preserve the maximum amount of freshness and avoid oxidation.
With good fortune on their side, for maximum freshness and purity in the fruit, vinification begins within 30 minutes after the grapes arrive at the winery. The wine is vinified in tank and is then aged on its lees with stirring for between 8 to 9 months before bottling.
Les Halos de Jupiter Chateauneuf du Pape Biodynamie seems to have been only produced in the 2009 vintage.
When to Drink Les Halos de Jupiter, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Les Halos de Jupiter can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Les Halos de Jupiter is usually better with 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 4-15 years after the vintage.
Serving Les Halos de Jupiter with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Les Halos de Jupiter is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Les Halos de Jupiter is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Les Halos de Jupiter is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta, eggplant, cheese and tomatoes.
The white wine of Les Halos de Jupiter is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Les Halos de Jupiter Wine Tasting Notes
11 Vintages 15852 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2015||Les Halos de Jupiter Adrastee (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
From 100% old vine Grenache that comes from vines in the clay soils planted in the La Crau lieu-dit that are over 100 years of age. With all the density of fruit and flavor, this is concentrated and long, that is also providing you with a real sensation of minerality from the moment you meet the juicy, kirsch nose. On the palate the wine is rich, fat, and juicy, with sweet, pure, red fruits, polished tannins and an opulent personality.
1416 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Les Halos de Jupiter (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
With a nose that starts with charcoal, smoke, stone, pepper and red fruits. From there, when you move to palate, the wine is medium bodied, round, soft and polished, finishing with ripe, juicy cherries and thyme in the finish. You can drink this young, as well as age it for further development.
1413 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2014||Les Halos de Jupiter (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, fresh, round, polished, stylish Chateauneuf du Pape that is filled with ripe, juicy, sweet, cherries, kirsch and licorice in the rich finish. Even though this is already drinking well, you can easily keep this for several years. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. A top wine for the vintage from Philippe Cambie.
1192 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2014||Les Halos de Jupiter (Gigondas)|
Garrigue, pepper and black raspberry aromatics pop with little effort. Medium/full bodied, with ample levels of dark, red fruits and freshness coupled with forward character are what you are going to find here. The wine was produced using a blend of 88% Grenache and 12% Mourvedre.
1465 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2016
|2014||Les Halos de Jupiter (Vacqueyras)|
Really peppery, with a bright freshness to the fruits and a strong herbal component, time should hopefully add more softness to the wine. The wine was whole cluster fermented, so it will take a bit of time to get a better idea on its true nature. But if you are a lover of this style, this blend of 85% Grenache and 15% old vine Syrah is worth looking into.
1495 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2016
|2014||Les Halos de Jupiter (Côtes du Rhône)|
Forward, early drinking, soft textured and fresh, with sweet, juicy kirsch at its core, this wine is blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah planted in the far north of the Southern Rhone valley. The wine is clean, fresh and ready to go. This is what well priced, wines of pleasure are all about.
1310 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2016
|2012||Les Halos de Jupiter (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Forward, medium bodied, with a core of sweet, kirsch and black raspberries, garrigue, pepper and thyme. This is already charming to drink and should improve with more time in the bottle, if you prefer more secondary development.
1272 Views Tasted Mar 3, 2016
|2010||Les Halos de Jupiter Adrastee (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
This super wine is made from close to 100% Grenache from vines that are more than 100 years of age planted in the La Crau lieu-dit. Rich, fat, juicy, sweet, plus and concentrated, there is a great sense of purity in the opulent ripe, red fruits that really makes an impression.
2271 Views Tasted Nov 7, 2015
|2009||Les Halos de Jupiter Adrastee (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
This is already rocking, with its lush, sweet, supple, kirsch, thyme, spice and jam characteristics. Round, ripe, and ready, with a blast of fresh, spicy cherries and black raspberries in the finish, this is a lot of wine for under $50. The wine is made in a partnership between Philippe Cambie and Michel Gassier.
1695 Views Tasted Oct 5, 2015
|2009||Les Halos de Jupiter (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, elegant, soft style of Chateauneuf du Pape that is filled with fresh, ripe, sweet, cherries, kirsch, thyme and earthy notes. This is already drinking well.
1194 Views Tasted Nov 7, 2015
|2007||Les Halos de Jupiter (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Drinking perfectly, the debut vintage for this winery pops with fresh, sweet, ripe, spicy kirsch, pepper, thyme and provencal herbs. Round, sweet, ripe and loaded with fresh, black raspberries, jam and a melange of cherries in the supple textured finish, this is good to go.
1129 Views Tasted May 12, 2016