2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de la Janasse

2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de la Janasse

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2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de la Janasse

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This cuvée contains 85% Grenache, with 10% Mourvèdre, and, at 5%, a little less Syrah than usual. It apparently weighs in at an immodest alcohol level, although this is hard to discern, such is its poise and balance; floral and savoury, rich and yet feminine, this is one of the great wines of this or any other vintage.
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 viticulture deemed the be the key to their success. Behind this seeming inactivity, there is constant work and refinement however, with subtle changes allowing them to hone in on perfection with great skill. 2012 appeals to them; it is more rounded than 2010 and more powerful than 2011; the best of all possible outcomes in other words.
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Wine Advocate96/100
Wine Advocate96/100
Up in the top handful of wines in the vintage (which should come as no surprise to anyone who follows this estate), the 2012 Chteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich and layered Chteauneuf that doesnt put a foot wrong. Made from 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah, it offers blockbuster notes of blackberry, liquid-violets, spice and serious minerality to go with awesome mid-palate depth and layers of sweet tannin. Like the Cuvee Chaupin, it will be better in another handful of years and thrill through 2027.
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Domaine de la Janasse

Domaine de la Janasse

Brother-and-sister team Christophe and Isabelle Sabon continue to work wonders at Janasse, which was founded in 1973. They farm around 100 hectares of Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the latter is all in the northeast commune of Courthézon. Grapes are largely de-stemmed; concrete tanks are used for the Grenache, and oak for the Syrah and Mourvèdre: in other words, everything is fairly traditional.

The Sabons described the conditions of 2019 as having been ideal: the season allowed them to pick perfectly ripe, healthy bunches of grapes that required no additional sorting in the cellar. Rich in anthocyanins and deeply coloured, this is a truly impressive vintage defined by purity and concentration of fruit. It’s certainly one for laying down.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The most celebrated village of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the birthplace of the now indispensable French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée system – imperfect though it may be. Compared to the Northern Rhône, the vineyards here are relatively flat and often feature the iconic galet pebbles – the precise benefits of which are a source of much debate. Minimum alcohol levels required by the AOC are the highest in France, but at 12.5% it is well below the natural generosity of Grenache, which only achieves its full aromatic potential when it is fully ripe and laden with the resultant high sugars. Syrah and Mourvèdre contribute the other defining elements in the blend, adding pepper, savoury spice and structure to the decadent Grenache. There are a further 10 permitted red grape varieties which can be used to adjust the “seasoning”. Of the five white varieties permitted, it is Grenache Noir’s sibling – predictably perhaps – Grenache Blanc, which dominates, though Roussanne shows a great deal of promise when handled well, notably at Château de 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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