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Domaine de la Janasse Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2004

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Richly hued with excellent depth, beautiful aromas of red fruit, strawberries, raspberries and dried cherry that layers with earthier notes of tobacco and spice. Impressive elegance and finesse that is supple on the palate and finishes well.

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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

External Reviews for Domaine de la Janasse Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Dark red. Explosively aromatic and sweet on the nose, dominated by potent red berries and candied rose. Lush and sweet in the mouth, the red berry notes picking up weight and becoming positively liqueur-like. I was reminded of a red Burgundy from the Gros family. Finishes supple and round, with no bite or rough edges.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Really packed, with lush layers of blackberry ganache and currant confiture, this just pumps out velvety fruit backed by a racy minerality and a range of exotic spices in the background. Long, pure and deftly balanced through the finish. Drink now through 2027.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Plush, with delicious purity to the crushed plum, macerated currant and warm fig flavors. Dark and racy through the finish, with a mouthwatering graphite edge. Superlong and precise. Drink now through 2019.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Deep ruby. Fresh raspberry and strawberry aromas are elegant and precise. Bright, racy and poised, with sweet red fruit and gentle mineral flavors and a distinctly silky texture. Finishes impressively pure and long, with precise red fruit flavors.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape has a deep black/purple color and a sweet nose of charcoal, black cherries, raspberry, and some Provencal herbs and pepper. In the mouth it's tannic and clearly a vin de garde with refreshing acidity, real vibrancy, but surprising power and length. As Christophe Sabon said, "It's a wine that comes across as feminine because of the high acids and low pH, but then the finished alcohol is close to fifteen percent!" Give this wine 3-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following fifteen as it will be extremely long-lived.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is Sabon's finest example of this cuvee I have yet tasted. It boasts a fabulous blue/purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, kirsch, licorice, incense, and spice. Deep, full-bodied, and multilayered with excellent purity, depth, and length, it should drink beautifully for 20 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

There are 1,200 cases of the 2003 Chateaneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin. Essentially 100% Grenache from old vines and low yields, aged 70% in neutral wood foudres and 30% in old barrels, it tips the scales at 15.7% alcohol. This spectacular effort may be the finest Chaupin produced since the fabulous 1998 (which, by the way, offers terrific drinking). The dense ruby/purple-colored 2003 Chaupin offers attractive aromas of ripe raspberry intermixed with notions of orange marmalade, black currants, licorice, and smoke. Dense, full-bodied, fleshy flavors cascade over the palate along with a wealth of glycerin, fruit, and alcohol. The finish is seamless as well as long. This 2003 will be delicious young, and should evolve gracefully for 10-15 years.


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Richly hued with excellent depth, beautiful aromas of red fruit, strawberries, raspberries and dried cherry that layers with earthier notes of tobacco and spice. Impressive elegance and finesse that is supple on the palate and finishes well.

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