Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape 2014
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Here’s the thing: 2014 in Chateauneuf made wines with FANTASTIC, “Burgundian”-like weight -- they’re a bit less jammy and that makes them SENSUAL and absolutely wonderful to drink now (although you can hold this one for a decade). Domaine de la Janasse is a David Bowie-level rockstar, of course, with more huge scores and critical acclaim than we could ever count up. And like some of the old Bowie stuff, it is MIND-BENDING in the best way -- super complex and packed with warm berry compote, lavender perfume, crushed rose petals and tasty pie crust, sweet herbs (think tarragon, spearmint, star anise, cinnamon…) and just wonderful weight and mouthfeel. Crazy-delish to drink (we know, we ARE drinking it).
Due to its fragmented structure -more than sixty plots- the area of La Janasse covers a mosaic of terroirs. Thorough research on soil, exposure and microclimates helped to ideally organize the vineyard. White varieties and syrahs were preferably planted on sandy limestones, exposed eastward of the appellation in order to preserve freshness, acidity and fineness. Mourvedres were planted on clay-limestone soils covered with river rocks so as to reach perfect maturity.
Technical DetailsCountry: France
Blend: 65% old Grenaches, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault
Vineyard: Wine is coming from different soils (sandy, pebbly, red clayey), located in the northern part of the appellation and in La Crau plot
Aging/Cooperage: 80% in vat and 20% in barrels (1/3 new) during 12 months
About The Producer
In 1991, after a technical diploma in viticulture and oenology in Beaune, and another one in marketing in Mâcon, Christophe Sabon –Aimé’s eldest son– came back to La Janasse where he was given the keys to the cellar. From then different cuvees were developed, new markets conquered. In 2001, Isabelle –Aimé’s daughter– graduated as an oenologist from the University of Toulouse, and joined the team. With Hélène, Aimé’s wife, the family was reunited again in La Janasse.
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