Sunday, September 22, 2013

Domaine de la Janasse new releases are here!

In stock now and very limited
Call 314.727.8788 to reserve

"Domaine de la Janasse is one of the great winemaking estates of not only France, but of the world." -- Robert Parker

2011 Janasse Chat du Pape V.V...$99.99 / 750ml
2011 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape V.V....$219.99  / 1.5ltr
The same thing is true for its sibling, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. This cuvee comes from four parcels of the estate’s oldest vines, and tends to be 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. The Grenache is always aged in foudre and the other cepages aged in small oak. The three terroirs include Les Soumades (primarily red clay soils), La Crau, old vines near Chateau Beaucastel, and the terroir after which this estate is named, Janasse, which is primarily clay and limestone covered by the thick carpet of stones known as the galets roules. Achieving 16.5% natural alcohol in 2011 was no easy task, but this wine is not the least bit hot. Full-bodied, intense and opulent, it may be the wine of the vintage, not only in Chateauneuf du Pape, but in all of southern France. This amazing effort transcends the vintage. It is a tribute to the extraordinary viticultural and winemaking perfection/obsession of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon and their father. This black/purple-hued 2011 exhibits lots of cassis, floral, black raspberry and kirsch characteristics as well as potential longevity of 10-15 years or longer. It is an amazing effort for the vintage!
Rated 93-95/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2011 Janasse Chat du Pape Chaupin...$69.99
The brilliant 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin boasts abundant amounts of mulberry, lavender, black cherry, licorice and spring flower characteristics. Stunningly rich, full-bodied and opulent, it should age effortlessly for at least a decade. It is unquestionably one of the candidates for wine of the vintage.
Rated 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Janasse Chat du Pape Rouge...$53.99
Composed of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and a touch of Cinsault, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape is outstanding. The Grenache is completely aged in foudre and the Syrah and Mourvedre are aged in small barrels. This flattering, precocious 2011 displays a deep ruby/purple color in addition to sweet scents of creme de cassis, black cherry jam, licorice, pepper and roasted meats. This beautiful red appears to represent a brilliant compromise between the old, traditional school of winemaking and the slightly more progressive/modern philosophies. I have followed Janasse’s Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin since the 1978 vintage. It is 100% Grenache grown in sandy soils, and aged in both old wood foudres (two-thirds) and 600-liter demi-muids (one-third).
Rated 91-93/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Janasse Cotes du Rhone Reserve...$13.99
The 2011 Cotes du Rhone (50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and the rest Carignan, Mourvedre and Cinsault) possesses cherry notes, a lush, front end-loaded personality, and good texture, purity and ripeness. It should drink well for several years.
Rated 87/100 The Wine Advocate

And the 2012 whites...
2012 Janasse Cotes du Rhone BLANC..$18.99
2012 Janasse Chat du Pape BLANC...$53.99

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