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Domaine Janasse History, Overview
Domaine Janasse is a fairly new property in the Southern Rhone Valley especially by European standards. It did not become an official Domaine until 1973. Prior to that date, the harvest was sold in bulk to negociants starting in 1967. Janasse takes its name from the small parcel where some of their vines are located in Chateauneuf du Pape. The actual estate is situated in the area of Courthezon.
Aime Sabon, the founder of Janasse increased the size of their vineyards over the years to their current 15 hectares in Chateauneuf du Pape that are placed in 15 different parcels. 1 hectare of vines is used for white wine grapes, while the other vines are used to produce red Chateauneuf du Pape wine. Their vines are scattered across the region on different terroirs and soil types. They have old vines. Their oldest vines, which are close to 90 years of age on average are used in their special Janasse Cuvee Vieilles Vignes. Their oldest vines are planted in the La Crau area. 1990 is an important vintage for the domaine as it marked the first year when Janasse produced all three different cuvees.
Domaine Janasse is a modern style of Chateauneuf du Pape. Starting in 1993, they began to destem some of their fruit. That trend has continued and as of today, at least 80% of the berries are fermented without stems. Concrete vats are used to ferment their Grenache. They use the short, conical shaped oak barrels to ferment their Mourvedre and Syrah. The Grenache is aged in foudres. The Mourvedre and Syrah is aged in a combination of new French oak barrels and foudres giving Janasse its modern style. In 2001, Sabon brought in his children to help run the estate, Christophe and Isabel.
The best vintages of Domaine Janasse are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000 and 1998.
Domaine Janasse Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Janasse produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 2 white Chateauneuf du Pape wines.
Domaine Janasse Tradition is produced from 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from vines that average 40 years of age. The terroirs vary, with rocks, stones, sand and some clay, as well as limestone soils. The wine is aged in a combination of foudres, and used oak barrels for 12 months. Production averages 1,250 cases.
Domaine Janasse Chaupin is produced from 100% Grenache from old vines that were planted over 100 years ago. In fact, they were planted all the way back in 1912. The terroir is pure sandy soils in the Chapouin vineyard. 70% of the wine is aged in foudres, while remaining 30% is aged in demi-muid. 25% of the demi-muids are new French oak for 12 months. The Production averages 1,000 cases. This is my favorite wine from Janasse.
Domaine Janasse Vieilles Vignes is made from a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 3% Mourvedre. The rest of the blend comes from a myriad of different varietals which can be primarily Cinsault. Produced from old vines that range from 60 years of age to more than 100 years of age. The terroir is mostly galets, with some sand and clay.About 65% of the grapes are destemmed. The remainder of the fruit is whole cluster vinified. 75% of the wine is aged in foudres. The other 25% is aged in 40% new, French oak demi-muids for 12 months. Some tasters love this cuvee. I find the oak can overwhelm the Grenache in some vintages when the wine is young. So, give it time before popping a cork. Patience is virtue here, as this is truly worth the wait. The production averages 850 cases per year.
In 2007, Janasse made a one off wine, Janasse XXL. The wine is produced from a blend of 95% old vine Grenache and 5% Mourvedre. The wine spent three years in barrel before bottling. The wine reached 16.5% alcohol. Not much was produced. The production is about 115 cases of wine.
Domaine Janasse Blanc is produced from a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette and 25% Roussanne. Aged in 80% new, French oak barrels for 7 months, on average, the production is 350 cases per year.
Domaine Janasse Prestige Blanc is made from 70% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc and 15% Clairette. The wine is aged in new, French oak barrels for an average of 14 months. The production is only 90 cases per year.
Serving and Decanting Domaine Janasse with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine Janasse is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine Janasse is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Domaine Janasse is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine Janasse is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
If you’re at Domaine Janasse, here is a little secret for you. Janasse also produces a very small amount of a Vin de Paille that is only sold at the property. It’s a fun dessert wine that’s worth purchasing. I wish I had purchased more. Oh well… there’s always next time.
The Sabon family also owns an additional 40 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation where they produce 3 red Cotes du Rhone and 1 white Cotes du Rhone wine, along with red and white IGP wines.
Domaine de la Janasse Wine Tasting Notes
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Dark ruby in color, the initial incense aromatics soon moves to its kirsch and earthy side. Concentrated, plush and juicy, with layers of sweet, ripe red fruits, polished tannins and depth of flavor. The finish stays with you indeed.
Aug 21, 2017points - Tasted 2051 Views
Fleshy, round and polished, with ample, sweet, plums and ripe cherries, the 100% Grenache based wine is full bodied, concentrated, richly textured and loaded with sweet fruits in the finish.
Aug 21, 2017points - Tasted 1925 Views
Richly textured, forward in style with a juicy, sweet, dark red berry, smoke and earthy blend of aromatics. Round, open and spicy, this will be fun to taste young, as its brothers and sisters demand some time in the cellar.
Aug 21, 2017points - Tasted 1192 Views
Richly textured, with juicy, dark, red berries, spice, a hint of oak, smoke and pepper. There is a refined quality that adds to the elegant nature of the wine.
Jun 24, 2016points - Tasted 1429 Views
Made using 100% Grenache, the wine is forward, fresh and fun to drink with its sweet, juicy, kirsch and wild raspberry profile, polished, round, textures and spicy finish.
Jun 24, 2016points - Tasted 1551 Views
An elegant charmer that delivers a blast of fresh, sweet, kirsch and spice in a, round, forward style that was produced from a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah.
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 1654 Views
Smoke, espresso, black cherries and lush textures create one of the top wines of the vintage, with its lushly textured fruit and thyme filled finish. One of the top wines of the vintage was produced from a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the remaining 5% consists of various other, allowable grape varieties.
Sep 7, 2015points - Tasted 5104 Views
From 100% Grenache, this is already approachable, with its medium bodied, soft, silky charms, the fruit is sweet, ripe, fresh and elegant.
Sep 7, 2015points - Tasted 3696 Views
Medium bodied and soft, this is a finesse style of Janasse, with a sweet, cherry note that leaves a nice impression. Made from blending 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.
Sep 7, 2015points - Tasted 2611 Views
With a serious depth of flavor, the wine is rich, long and deep, finishing with layers of ripe, sensuous, peppery, sweet black raspberries and pepper. This is a very good wine in any vintage, but it's a real superstar in 2012! From a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, the wine reached 15.5% alcohol.
Sep 17, 2014points - Tasted 3467 Views
Silky, polished and fresh, the fruit is sweet, ripe and supple in texture, with a vibrant quality. Made from 100% old vine Grenache, the wine reached 15.5% alcohol.
Sep 17, 2014points - Tasted 3251 Views
Using 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah in the blend, the nose pops with garrigue, mint and kirsch. On the palate, lush, layers of fresh, sweet, ripe cherries and spice carry through.
Sep 10, 2014points - Tasted 1892 Views
Black earth cherries and filled with garrigue, as the name implies. The wine is slightly rustic in character. You’re left with a fresh, herbal and sweet kirsch sensation.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 1790 Views
With complex notes of fennel, black cherry and mint, the wine is fresh, lively, spicy and herbal. It’s also ready to go.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 1935 Views
Full bodied, rich and polished, the fruit is fresh, ripe and expresses purity, length and supple textures. Produced from a blend 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, the wine reached 15.5 alcohol.
Aug 26, 2014points - Tasted 3866 Views
Polished and plush, sweet and spicy, this 100% old vine Grenache wine is open, lushly textured and serving up a lot of lusty charm. The wine reached 15.5% alcohol without any touch of heat.
Aug 26, 2014points - Tasted 4095 Views
Sweet, ripe, silky red berries linger, until more, spicy, fresh fruits make their way into the long, seductive, fruit filled finish.
Aug 19, 2014points - Tasted 1901 Views
Blasts off with a massive, multi-layered dose of fat layers with juicy, sexy fruits. The wine is about silk, ripeness and peppery spices. Tthis coats your mouth while delivering freshness and complexity that makes you think and drink. If you love Chateauneuf du Pape, you need to try a bottle. In the years to come, this could earn a higher score.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 8002 Views
Screaming notes of intense kirsch with silky, sexy layers of fruit that linger with an impression of purity and ripeness that you just cannot get enough of.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 4393 Views
Tasting this wine is like biting in a massive basket of insanely ripe, black raspberries with spice and washing them down with kirsch liqueur.
May 31, 2013points - Tasted 5752 Views
Like biting into a basket of black raspberries with fresh herbs. Drink now to enjoy this wine of pleasure.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 2984 Views
The wine is earthy, expressive and filled with jammy, smoky berries, silky textures and layers of sweet, plump, ripe fruits.
May 29, 2013points - Tasted 3267 Views
Incredibly rich, fat, dense and concentrated, yet there is no heavy texture, as everything is in balance. The wine offers a modern style with some espresso bean, smoke, licorice, black cherry liqueur and blue fruit characteristics. The wine is long and intense. This really leaves a lasting impression in the finish.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 4109 Views
Soft, silky, elegant and sweet, the wine is fresh, long and packed with layers of ripe plum, kirsch and pepper.
Jul 8, 2014points - Tasted 3738 Views
What a beautiful, sexy, sensuous style of Chateauneuf du Pape! Deep, rich, concentrated and opulent in texture, every sip is packed with super ripe, fresh, sweet dark cherries, black raspberries and kirsch. Drink now if you like it young, and there is no reason not to. Or wait 5-10 years for more secondary notes.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 3469 Views
Earthy, peppery black raspberries, plum, kirsch and sweet cherry notes bring you to a juicy, fat, mouthful of fresh dark red fruits that linger.
Jul 8, 2014points - Tasted 2969 Views
Soft, elegant and delivering the essence of fresh, sweet red berries, this delivers a fresh blast of Grenache in every sip.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 2210 Views
Even better than when I last tasted this about a year ago, this is mind blowing juice in every sense of the word! There is so much ripe fruit here, it coats your teeth, mouth and gums. This is no shy sister here. The juice is pure liqueur of Grenache! What makes this wine a stunner is that even though the level of concentration is almost off the charts, everything is in balance. The finish must last for at least 60 seconds. It's not exactly graceful, or elegant, but it's a beautiful, memorable expression of 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. Less than 5 barrels were produced, so it is going to be hard to find over the coming years.
Nov 9, 2016points - Tasted 2154 Views
I never thought I'd taste a bottle of this bad boy. When I heard this was coming to the same dinner I was, I was already salivating. Deep in color, the wine is pure intensity in every sense of the word. The fruits were ripe, very ripe and overripe. Sweet, jammy, lush and powerful, yet balanced. There is a fig and raisin component that some tasters will not like. And if I was being critical, there was a touch heat in the 16.5% finish. But who cares? There was this incredible wealth of fruit that coats your palate, stains your teeth and makes you smile!
Feb 10, 2015points - Tasted 3219 Views
Earthy, ripe, dense and rich, the wine is concentrated with fresh, ripe, very ripe and extremely ripe dark red berries, licorice and spice. This is long, opulent and intense. Still young, this should be even better with a few more years of bottle age.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 4417 Views
Served blind, this was a winner from the first moment. Deep, dark and packed with copious amounts of black cherry, earth, animal, pepper, spice and a faint hint of vanilla, the fireworks really kicked off when the met my palate. Thick, intense, mouth filling and opulent, the sensuous, rich finish left an impression with all its layers of supple, fleshy black cherries. Drink this, or age it. This is pure bottled pleasure.
Feb 27, 2014points - Tasted 4553 Views
2007 Janasse VV From 85% old vine Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre, this powerful, intense, deep colored wine is filled with licorice, pepper, kirsch, strawberry and black raspberry jam. On the palate, this is no shy wallflower of a wine. It’s thick, rich and incredibly concentrated. Think of it as melted essence of Chateauneuf du Pape.
Nov 2, 2012points - Tasted 6908 Views
Rich, pure and intense, this concentrated wine is packed with lush, ripe, sweet, fresh dark red berries, earth, licorice, garrigue, pepper. You can drink this now, or age it. Either way, it's a treat.
Nov 29, 2014points - Tasted 3111 Views
Truffle, sweet kirsch and peppery fruit couple with fresh, chocolate covered black raspberries and soft, fat, rich textures to produce a delicious tasting experience.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 3157 Views
This hedonistic bottle of pleasure is ready to go. Every swirl, sniff and sip is packed with a blend of ripe, very ripe and over ripe deep, dark, peppery berries, jam, earth and spice. Lush in texture, full bodied and long, I love this style of Chateauneuf du Pape!
Nov 30, 2013points - Tasted 3817 Views
This 100% old vine Grenache based wine is filled with sweet, jammy cherries, black raspberries, pepper, licorice, garrigue, and kirsch. Long, rich, dense and lush, this intense, sublime Chateauneuf du Pape is drinking well now and like previous vintages, should improve and add complexity over the next several years.
Jan 2, 2012points - Tasted 6516 Views
Fresh ground pepper, gariggue, licorice, camphor, stone, black cherry jam and smoke filled my nose with its pungent aromatics. This lusty, concentrated wine ends with a long, spicy, rich, blackberry and jammy strawberry filled finish. This is the best vintage of Chaupin I have tasted yet.
Jan 24, 2011points - Tasted 7307 Views
Elegant, medium/full bodied, soft, sweet and ready to go. This charming Chateauneuf du Pape drinks great now with little effort.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 3970 Views
Filled with earthy, jammy blackberries and hints of coffee bean. 60% Grenache blended with equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre, the Syrah seems some oak again, which adds the coffee element. Thick and rich, but the finish on this bottle was short. Perhaps this was not a perfect bottle
Feb 2, 2011points - Tasted 6021 Views
Rich, intense, youthful and packed with kirsch, blackberry liqueur, spice, fennel and garrigue, with 30 minutes of air, the wine is starting to drink well. With a few more years of bottle age, it should be even better.
May 5, 2013points - Tasted 3314 Views
Silky, soft, plush and polished, there is a lot of sweet, juicy, kirsch packed into every sip in this open wine.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 2383 Views
Just a beauty and showing in the sweet spot, the wine delivers fresh, ripe, sweet, red fruits, hints of pepper, espresso and underbrush. On the palate, the wine is lushly textured and leaves you with ample kirsch in the end note.
May 19, 2017points - Tasted 2585 Views
With beautiful, plush, round, fat textures and spicy kirsch, strawberry jam, earth, cherries, pepper, herb and spice notes, the wine is almost overflowing with the lusty qualities found in the best Chateauneuf du Pape’s and it’s drinking perfectly today.
May 2, 2012points - Tasted 3518 Views
Thick, rich and opulent in texture, the wine offers notes of jam, licorice, garrigue, kirsch liqueur, pepper and smoke. This hedonistically styled, packed and stacked Chateauneuf du Pape, produced from 85% old vine Grenache is drinking great today.
Feb 26, 2012points - Tasted 3926 Views
Rich, deep complex, but decidedly modern in style, jammy fruits, licorice, smoke, oak, pepper, earth and liqueur scents, luscious textures and a long, sweet, lush, oaky, kirsch and black raspberry finish.
Jun 5, 2012points - Tasted 3864 Views
Past maturity and starting to fade, you are going to want to consume your bottles much sooner than later. The color has grown more pale and while there is still sweet kirsch, pepper and garrigue, the wine is much lighter than it was a few years ago.
Apr 24, 2016points - Tasted 1970 Views
Drinking at peak, this wine is filled with licorice, garrigue, jammy black raspberries, pepper, kirsch and spice box notes. Rich, multi-layered, plush and lush, the wine tastes great and feels just as good on the palate. Do not hesitate to pop a cork.
May 26, 2013points - Tasted 3397 Views
Jammy blackberries, pepper, fresh market herbs, black raspberry, earth and kirsch pop the moment the wine hits the glass. Rich, concentrated and filled with dark, ripe berries, jam, pepper, spice and kirsch, this concentrated, lush, intense wine is in the perfect spot today.
Apr 25, 2011points - Tasted 4014 Views
Light in color, fully mature, or even a little bit past fully mature as the fruit is slowing fading. The wine offers soft, bright cherries and is slightly herbaceous in character. This requires consumption sooner than later.
Aug 8, 2014points - Tasted 2531 Views
What a nice surprise. Until this tasting, this has not been my favorite Chateauneuf du Pape. But that changed with this bottle! It took almost 14 years, but clearly, it was worth the wait, even if it was my last bottle. With a deep color that made me think this wine was only a few years old, intense aromas of licorice, garrigue, black plums, cherries, kirsch, pepper, earth and spice, the offered an explosion of flavor and sensuous, deep textures. The long, concentrated finish delivered layers of lush, pure, ripe, spicy, dark berries.
Oct 19, 2011points - Tasted 3262 Views
The wine offers wood, ripe back fruit, jam, pepper and herbal aromatics. This powerful wine is filled with ripe, jammy fruit and spice. But the oak distracted from the wine. In this case in both the nose and in the mouth. People who like this style will rate probably rate it higher.
Aug 6, 2010points - Tasted 4001 Views
98 Janasse Chaupin offers fresh black pepper, garrigue, kirsch, smoke, Provencal herbs, jam and mineral aromas. This ripe, suave, rich, delicious wine fills your mouth with ripe jammy black raspberries, kirsch and pepper. Fully mature and throwing a touch of heat, I'd drink my remaining bottle over the next 2-3 years if I had any left. Sadly, this was number 12 from the original case I purchased on release.
Sep 26, 2010points - Tasted 4895 Views
Stellar combination of ripe, red and dark berries, jam and elegant textures. This might not improve much. But, who cares? It' so good now and will continue delivering ample pleasure for several years.
Nov 1, 2007points - Tasted 2099 Views
Pepper, kirsch, menthol, spices and licorice tones pop from the glass! Very thick, concentrated and balanced with velvet tannins and textures.
Oct 28, 2004points - Tasted 2220 Views
Not overly complex, with nice, ripe apricots, oranges, honey and chalk, but quite low in acidity. Still, it was fun to drink this rare wine, as it is not sold commercially, and is only available at the domaine.
Sep 25, 2017points - Tasted 1339 Views