Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2009 Domaine de La Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Domaine de la Janasse is located in Courthezon, in the Southern Rhone Valley, and it is one of the region’s brightest stars. The Sabon family has been growing grapes in the valley for several generations, but it wasn’t until 1973 that Aime Sabon began making wine under the name Domaine de la Janasse. The wines became truly noteworthy in the 1990s, after Aime’s son Christophe graduated from oenology college in Beaune and returned to the domaine bringing new ideas about wine production and viticulture. Janasse owns 136 acres of vineyards divided into 15 parcels, and also makes Cotes du Rhone and white wines, all of which are praised by reviewers.

Crimson in color. 15.5% ABV. Predominantly Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre as well. Sensational nose of sweet red fruits, garrigue and licorice. Medium to full bodied with tremendous acidity. Rich, concentrated and well balanced. Cherry cordial, kirsch liqueur, iron and roasted herbs on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Definitely modern in style but if that is your thing you will adore this wine. Best over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages of Janasse CdP will set you back about $50.

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