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Domaine de la Janasse 2008 - Chateauneuf Du Pape 750 ml.

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Product Description
RP 90
WS 92

Country: France

Region: Rhone

Vintage: 2008

Size: 750 ml.

Domaine de la Janasse is located in Courthezon, in France’s Southern Rhone Valley, and it is one of the region’s new stars. Although the Sabon family has been growing grapes in the valley for several generations, it wasn’t until 1973 that Aime Sabon built his own cave and began making wine under the name Domaine de la Janasse. The domaine’s wines became truly noteworthy in the 1990s, after Aime’s son Christophe graduated from oenology college in Beaune and returned to the domaine bringing new ideas about wine production and viticulture. Sine then the Domaine de la Janasse label has become synonymous with excellence and the domain’s outstanding Chateauneuf-du-Papes are particularly hard to acquire because of relatively limited production and great demand. The domaine owns 136 acres of vineyards divided into 15 parcels, and also makes Cotes du Rhone and white wines, all of which are praised by reviewers.

SKU: F0582
Reviews
Robert Parker - 90 See more...
The outstanding 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape, which hit nearly 16% natural alcohol, is one of the stars of the vintage. Lots of black fruit notes intermixed with rosemary and other herbes de Provence jump from the glass of this full-bodied, supple-textured, surprisingly concentrated 2008. It should drink nicely for 8-9 years, making it an anomaly in this vintage. Christophe Sabon, his sister Isabelle, and their father operate one of the great Chateauneuf du Pape winemaking estates. They continue to invest in new vineyards as well as state-of-the-art winemaking equipment. Moreover, they never seem to be satisfied with the status quo, and are constantly challenging their past performances. Their 2007s were unbelievably good wines, the 2008s were among the finest wines of the appellation, and the 2009 vintage is another resounding success for them. The style is progressive, combining the best of traditional winemaking with the finest of a more modern approach. The wines all reflect their Provencal origins, only tiny quantities of new oak are used, and then only with the two grape varietals that can benefit from it (such as Syrah and Mourvedre). This is also a fabulous source for top wine values as the following tasting notes demonstrate. Christophe Sabon told me that the white varietals he works with tend to come from sandy and gravelly soils, so there is more finesse. Both Chateauneuf du Pape blanc cuvees are well-worth a search of the marketplace. Interestingly, Sabon achieves excellent acidity in his white Chateauneufs despite the fact that they go through 100% malolactic fermentation, an unusual practice for white Chateauneuf du Papes. His objective is to bottle them unfiltered, which he is able to do. The wines are also extremely low in SO2. As I wrote last year, Christophe Sabon made two of the finest Chateauneuf du Papes of 2008. The estate’s third cuvee, the Chaupin, was declassified into the traditional wine, which no doubt benefitted from it. Sabon told me there was more Mourvedre used in the blend in order to provide more structure and support to the Grenache in 2008. In 2009, all three cuvees were produced. I always think the harvest at Janasse must be one of the most difficult to manage as they have 200 acres of vines with over 200 separate parcels spread throughout the southern Rhone. Christophe told me it takes nearly two full days to just drive around and sample all the different vineyards to see where they are in terms of maturity.
Wine Spectator - 92 See more...
This is deliciously ripe, with layers of crushed plum, anise, blackberry and boysenberry fruit, all laced with plenty of spice and fruitcake notes. There's lots of mulled raisin on the finish, but this stays nicely driven, with well-embedded acidity. Contains the lots that usually go into the Chaupin cuvée. Best from 2011 through 2020. 300 cases imported.

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