2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Chaupin, Domaine de la Janasse, Rhône

2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Chaupin, Domaine de la Janasse, Rhône

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2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Chaupin, Domaine de la Janasse, Rhône

Description

This cuvée is 100% Grenache, sourced from low-yielding old vines grown in sandy soils over three vineyard plots: Chapouin, La Janasse and La Crau. The oldest vines date back to 1912. The wine has a vibrant red hue and a beguiling nose of raspberries, violets, crunchy Morello cherries and fresh strawberries-and-cream. A medicinal, herbal core and a hint of tar bring elegance and refinement to the red-fruit medley. Perfumed, medium-bodied with silky tannins and an intensity at once playful and poised, this is a wonderful example of a classic, balanced Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Drink now to 2030.

Georgina Haacke, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Sept 2021)

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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate91/100
Wine Spectator 91/100
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Vinous91-93/100
Wine Advocate91/100
Another wine with a Burgundian style, the 100% Grenache 2014 Chteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin is a forward, sexy 2014 that offers elegant notes of strawberries, kirsch, ground herbs and spice in a medium to full-bodied, lightly textured, balanced package. Drink it over the coming decade.
Jeb Dunnuck - 28/10/2016 Read more
Wine Spectator 91/100
Anise, plum and cherry notes meld steadily together, picking up light tea and sandalwood accents along the way. A tobacco hint shows on the silky yet persistent finish. Drink now through 2022. 400 cases imported.

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct 2016) Read more
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Tasted blind. Dark greyish crimson. Opulent with notes of candied rose petals. Just a little too dusty for perfection but very well done. Needs a bit of time for the tannins to resolve though. 

Drink 2020 - 2030

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com (Nov 2015) Read more
Vinous91-93/100
Limpid ruby. Intense, highly perfumed blue fruit and floral pastille aromas are complemented by suggestions of allspice and licorice. Silky and focused on the palate, offering concentrated boysenberry and cherry flavors that take a darker turn as the wine opens up. Finishes impressively long, displaying lingering berry and floral nuances, gentle tannins and a touch of smoky minerals.

Josh Reynolds, vinous.com (Feb 2016) Read more

About this WINE

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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