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2010 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

The 2010 Janasse CdP was the winning bottle in the April Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. I did not decant the wine and it paired well with a homemade pepperoni pizza.

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. Stunning nose of red and black fruits, garrigue, roasted herbs and creosote. Full bodied with tremendous acidity. Dark, brooding, concentrated and perfectly balanced. Kirsch liqueur, smoke, blackberry and herbs on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Outstanding base wine from Janasse in a classic vintage. This will drink well for years to come.

My rating: 94 points.

Current vintages of Janasse CdP will set you back about $50 and are a great value if you are a fan of the style.

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