Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2018
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and a small percentage of other varietals. Over the last quarter-century, Domaine de la Janasse has become one of the most highly-regarded estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Led by siblings Christophe and Isabelle Sabon, the estate combines the best of both traditional and modern techniques to craft a collection of truly riveting wines from “simple” value-priced VDP’s to their benchmark Châteauneufs. The estate was founded in 1976 by Aimé Sabon, the father of Christophe and Isabelle, who still oversees the vineyards. While Aimé works the vineyards organically, his children, Christophe and Isabelle, are in charge of wine production. Christophe is a self-proclaimed “great defender of Grenache,” which still represents 75% of their vines. With assistance from Aimé’s farming and Isabelle’s efforts in the cellar, he harnesses the typical exuberance of Grenache-based wines through careful vinifications that respect both terroir and vintage. In attempting to describe the wines at Janasse, one is confronted with the inadequacies in using “style” to express their qualities. While there is a modern facet to the fruit’s richness, it is beautifully paired with a pronounced sense of place and complexity. In contrast to their Chaupin bottling, which is made from old-vine Grenache on sandy soils, the cuvée Vieilles Vignes is from old vines (60 to 110+ years old!) of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah along with smaller percentages of other permitted varieties that are grown in these old vineyards. The wine is sourced from four terroirs: pebbly clay, sand, gravelly red clay, and sandy limestone. Vieilles Vignes is always the most powerful and concentrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvée made at Domaine de la Janasse. Sip this remarkable wine and enjoy its majesty.