2012 Côtes du Rhône Villages, Terre d'Argile, Domaine de la Janasse

2012 Côtes du Rhône Villages, Terre d'Argile, Domaine de la Janasse

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2012 Côtes du Rhône Villages, Terre d'Argile, Domaine de la Janasse

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Our 2012 Rhône Vintage Recommendation: Best-value Southern Rhône Red
Such was their belief in the clay-based soil of the parcel from which this cuvée is made, the Sabons apparently traded some Châteauneuf-du-Pape vines for it. This trade would normally seem commercially questionable, but the quality is here is undeniable and the value is almost unmatchable. The nose is impressively deep, with a dark, herbal tone and a liquorice note; the very pure fruit on the palate is undercut nicely by a fresh finish with subtle spice.

From vines just outside the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, this oozes deep, pure fruit with plenty of that inimitable spice and dried herbs. Yet another contender for best-value wine in our offer.
Tom Cave, Cellar Plan Manager

From one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s great estates, this cracking Côtes du Rhône exemplifies the quality that it is rightly famous for. With equal parts of Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah and Carignan, the result is a sophisticated, opulent wine with real class and far above normal CDR standards.
Mat Tipping, Private Account Manager

If one really must resort to the platitude of a wine ‘boxing above its division’, then one may as well do it here, one of those wines which always sells well amongst Berry Bros. & Rudd staff, such is its superb quality/price ratio. The blend is between Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvèdre, the latter two adding a controlled rusticity to an otherwise very polished ensemble, thereby enhancing its capacity to fascinate and thrill the taster with a real sense of authenticity.
Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer

Brother and sister tam of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon have taken Janasse into the pantheon of greats, seemingly by not doing very much at all, their policy of minimum intervention and organic vitic
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Domaine de la Janasse

Domaine de la Janasse

Domaine de la Janasse was established in 1973 by Aimé Sabon. Brother and sister team of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon continue to work wonders at Janasse, and farm 80 hectares of vineyards spread over a number of wine appellations: Châteauneuf du Pâpe, which is all located in the north-east of the appellation in the commune of Courthézon to be precise, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Village, but also Vin de Pays de la Principauté d'Orange and Vin de table.

Concrete tanks are used for the Grenache and oak for the Syrah and Mourvèdre; in other words, everything is fairly traditional; it is the quality of the raw materials which is so impressive and for that reason alone, leaving aside the clear skill and vision of the Sabons, that we are delighted to take on these excellent wines in our listings.

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Côtes du Rhône

Côtes du Rhône

Classified in 1937, Côtes du Rhône is an enormous appellation encompassing red, white and rosé wines covering an area of 40,300 ha and producing a crop that is 3 times larger than Beaujolais and almost as much as Bordeaux. Although this wine can come from across the Rhône region, more than 90% comes from the south. With the honourable exception of those produced by famous northern names like Jaboulet and Guigal, the finest examples are made in the south.

Red wine dominates, made with a minimum of 40% Grenache (except in the north where Syrah is allowed to be top dog) normally partnered by Syrah and/or Mourvèdre; another 18 varieties are also permitted. Typically light and fruity, the best examples can be rich, spicy and full-bodied. Almost all are best drunk young. 

Quality varies from the very ordinary to the exceptional. Much is produced by cooperatives but the best come from the increasing number of individual estates and Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers like Beaucastel who produce premium entry wines here. White and rosé Côtes du Rhônes account for only 2% and 4% respectively, although both can be very good.  

Recommended Producers : Ferraton, Chave, Chapoutier, Vins de Vienne, Andre Romero's La Soumade, Boudinaud, Beaucastel

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate89/100
Robert Parker

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate89/100
The 2012 Ctes du Rhne Villages Terre dArgile is a modern-styled beauty that gives up loads of creamy licorice, black raspberry, graphite and toast aromas and flavors. Medium+-bodied, with good concentration and sweet tannin, its a hedonistic effort to drink over the coming 4-5 years.
Jeb Dunnuck - 31/10/2014 Read more
Robert Parker
The 2012 Terre d’Argile Cotes du Rhone-Villages (made from equal parts Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan aged one year in foudre) offers a dense ruby/purple color, lots of black olive, Provencal tapenade, black cherry and black currant fruit notes as well as dense tannins. There is a degree of minerality apparent in this medium-bodied 2012, along with lots of flavor and a muscular mouthfeel. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years.

I have long been a huge fan of the wines of the Sabon family of Domaine de la Janasse. Just about everything they make, from their Vin de Pays to their Cotes du Rhones to their flagship Chateauneuf du Pape wines, are remarkable. Drink 2013-2019
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #1113, Nov 2013 Read more