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Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Janasse 2014

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"Checking in as a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Clairette and the rest Roussanne, the Sabons' 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is one of the whites of the vintage. Raised 60% in tank and 40% in barrel, it offers killer notes of salted melon, ripe peach, pineapple and hints of salty minerality to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered and seamlessly textured style on the palate. While 2014 yielded mostly mid-weight, fresh and simple whites, this has real depth and length. If you love southern Rhône whites (and I do), don't miss this! It will have two decades of longevity if you're so inclined (bottles wouldn't last long at my house)...93" Jeb Dunnuck, WA 10/15 "Bright up front, with a tangy star fruit note complemented by yellow apple, jasmine and green almond details. The finish pulls everything together, turning creamy with an echo of ginger cream...92" WS 11/15

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De la Janasse:
Aimé SABON comes back from his military duty in 1967 and takes over his father's vineyards (who was bringing his grapes into cooperative cave) and father-in-law's vineyards (who was selling the wine). He builds his cave in 1973 and thus creates the domain of La Janasse, from the name of family camp located in Courthezon. His ambition will be to enlarge the domain by acquiring new vineyards of ... Read more
Aimé SABON comes back from his military duty in 1967 and takes over his father's vineyards (who was bringing his grapes into cooperative cave) and father-in-law's vineyards (who was selling the wine). He builds his cave in 1973 and thus creates the domain of La Janasse, from the name of family camp located in Courthezon. His ambition will be to enlarge the domain by acquiring new vineyards of different varieties, going from 15 ha to 55 ha nowadays. In 1991, after a BTA in winemaking and oenology at Beaune and a BTS in marketing at Macon, Christophe joins his father who leaves him the responsability of the cave. He will create the different vintages and develop the marketing of the domain. Isabelle, the sister of Christophe and also oenologist, joins the team in 2001. Nowadays, all SABON family members work together on the domain : * Aimé SABON : vineyards * Hélène SABON : accountancy - administrative * Isabelle SABON : marketing - vinification * Christophe SABON : vineyards - vinification - marketing Read less

"Checking in as a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Clairette and the rest Roussanne, the Sabons' 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is one of the whites of the vintage. Raised 60% in tank and 40% in barrel, it offers killer notes of salted melon, ripe peach, pineapple and hints of salty minerality to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered and seamlessly textured style on the palate. While 2014 yielded mostly mid-weight, fresh and simple whites, this has real depth and length. If you love southern Rhône whites (and I do), don't miss this! It will have two decades of longevity if you're so inclined (bottles wouldn't last long at my house)...93" Jeb Dunnuck, WA 10/15 "Bright up front, with a tangy star fruit note complemented by yellow apple, jasmine and green almond details. The finish pulls everything together, turning creamy with an echo of ginger cream...92" WS 11/15

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