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Domaine de la Janasse Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Villages Terre d'Argile 2009

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"A ripe, modern styled Côtes du Rhône that comes from pebble and clay soils located north of the town of Courthézon, the 2009 Terre d'Argile is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre that has the Syrah and Mourvèdre aged in small barrels (1/3 new) and the Grenache in vat. Despite the stint in oak, it is more the upfront, powerful ripeness that gives this cuvee its modern slant, as the oak is barely discernable. Displaying first-rate aromatics of ripe blackberry, licorice, loamy earth, spice cabinet, and hints of minerality, this medium to full-bodied, fleshy wine delivers gorgeous levels of texture, a balanced, clean feel, and ripe tannin on the finish. Very well done and a solid combination of upfront fruit and underlying balance and poise, this should continue to shine for upwards of a decade...91" RR 9/11 "The 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Terre d’Argile is sensational. Notes of black currants and cherries as well as hints of charcoal, truffle, new saddle leather and earth all jump from the glass of this blend of 70% Grenache and the rest mostly Mourvedre with a touch of Carignan. Aged completely in foudres and older small barrels, it is dense ruby/purple, full-bodied, opulent, and ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years...91" WA 10/11

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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

"A ripe, modern styled Côtes du Rhône that comes from pebble and clay soils located north of the town of Courthézon, the 2009 Terre d'Argile is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre that has the Syrah and Mourvèdre aged in small barrels (1/3 new) and the Grenache in vat. Despite the stint in oak, it is more the upfront, powerful ripeness that gives this cuvee its modern slant, as the oak is barely discernable. Displaying first-rate aromatics of ripe blackberry, licorice, loamy earth, spice cabinet, and hints of minerality, this medium to full-bodied, fleshy wine delivers gorgeous levels of texture, a balanced, clean feel, and ripe tannin on the finish. Very well done and a solid combination of upfront fruit and underlying balance and poise, this should continue to shine for upwards of a decade...91" RR 9/11 "The 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Terre d’Argile is sensational. Notes of black currants and cherries as well as hints of charcoal, truffle, new saddle leather and earth all jump from the glass of this blend of 70% Grenache and the rest mostly Mourvedre with a touch of Carignan. Aged completely in foudres and older small barrels, it is dense ruby/purple, full-bodied, opulent, and ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years...91" WA 10/11

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