|| | $99 | 2019 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Chaupin”


Domaine de la Janasse was founded in 1976 by Aimé Sabon, the father of Christophe and Isabelle, who still oversees the vineyards. The property consists of 40 hectares, spread over as many as 70 different parcels throughout the appellation. Their terroirs range from sandy soils,  in their well-known plots in the North of the appellation – Chapouin and La Janasse– to lightly-colored clay-limestone soils and gravelly red clay and galets, most notably in La Crau in the South.
While Aimé works the vineyards organically, his children, Christophe and Isabelle, are in charge of wine production. Christophe is a self-proclaimed “great defender of Grenache,” which represents 75% of their vines. With assistance from Aimé’s farming and Isabelle’s efforts in the cellar, he harnesses the typical exuberance of Grenache-based wines through careful vinification that respect both terroir and vintage. The results are a wide range of rich and flavorful Châteauneuf-du-Papes, Côtes-du-Rhônes, and Vins de Pays that are complex and balanced – often in contradiction to a region better known for sheer size and power.


“. . . . Incredible notes of red and black fruits, violets, scorched earth, ground pepper, and Provençal garrigue notes define the nose, and it’s a darker, richer, slightly more powerful wine than usual, while still showing the inherent elegance and finesse this cuvée always shows. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following 15-20.
Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points


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