Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2014
Us: “Did you say $62?”
Them: “If you buy everything we have…”
Us: “DONE. Can we pick it up right now?”
Most extreme collector alert! Those of you who love world-class ambrosial juice and screaming bargains! Aficionados, connoisseurs, the Châteauneuf-curious, and just about every human with a tongue, PLEASE do what you need to do to get this wine --- JANASSE VV! 94-96 POINTS and over 50% OFF! MADNESS!
Seriously, though -- get thee over to the website with all the haste you can muster. Janasse, of course, is one of the all-time greats in Chateauneuf, and this is their top cuvee, the V.V. (Vieilles Vignes, or “old vines”), hailing from vines planted in the 20s and 60s!! Here’s the thing: 2014 in Chateauneuf made wines with FANTASTIC, “Burgundian”-like weight -- they’re a bit less jammy but still deeply concentrated and that makes them SENSUAL and absolutely wonderful to drink now (although you can hold this one for a decade).
Such a silky, succulent wonderful, blackberry pie, kirsch (cherry extract), crushed flowers and sweet herbiness to this wine --- mouthcoating and SO complex, it just hits all the sweet spots. As the writeup notes…”seamless” -- and that is why this ‘14 is so special. CRAZY to see this wine priced like this!! All we can say is, get it quick --- this is special occasion juice and SUPER limited!
Technical DetailsCountry: France
Region: Southern Rhone
Blend: 85% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah, 5% Other Permitted Varieties
Varietal: Southern Rhone Red Blend
Vineyard: The vines are grown without pesticides or insecticides and manure is natural. The land is worked without herbicide to maintain ventilation and flexibility to the soil. Yield of 28 hl/ha.
Winemaker: Isabelle Sabon
Aging/Cooperage: 75% into vat and 25% in «demi-muids» (600 l. barrels)
About The Producer
Aimé, the founder
In 1967, Aimé Sabon came back from his military service. He took over his father’s vines, who used to take his grapes to the wine cooperative.
In 1973, Aimé built his own cellar. Domaine de la Janasse was born and named after the family farm that was in Courthézon, in the locality of “La Janasse”. Aimé was ambitious. He knew he had fabulous soil and he wanted to expand the estate by acquiring new plots. From 15 hectares at the very beginning, La Janasse has now reached more than 90 hectares.
From father to children
In 1991, after a technical diploma in viticulture and
oenology in Beaune, and another one in marketing in Mâcon, Christophe Sabon –Aimé’s
eldest son– came back to La Janasse where he was given the keys to the cellar.
From then different cuvees were developed, new markets conquered. In 2001,
Isabelle –Aimé’s daughter– graduated as an oenologist from the University of
Toulouse, and joined the team. With Hélène, Aimé’s wife, the family was
reunited again in La Janasse.
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