Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin 2015  - Last Bottle

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin 2015

COLLECTORS! And, really, any human who lives and breathes --- TODAY is the day. 2015 (and ‘16) Chateauneuf-du-Papes are already being considered some of the greatest ever made, so to have stumbled on a small parcel of 96-POINT JANASSE “Chaupin” (100+ year old vines!!) at anything like this price is simply…breathtaking!! This also has two 95-point scores from Wine Spectator and Jeb Dunnuck!

Our love for Chateauneuf (and Janasse, especially) is deep, far, and oh-so wide. In vintages like this, they deliver so much instant pleasure that it almost makes us feel guilty. When you can drink it at this price, though...EGADS! A MUST for serious old-vine Grenache lovers!!

And speaking of love...we are head over heels. 96 points seems stingy, honestly, because when you get a whiff/sip of this magical ambrosia and experience the purity, depth and concentration trapped in 750 milliliters, you will be very close to experiencing vinous ecstasy. So wonderfully mouthcoating, with intense, almost incense-like fruit and spice: black cherry, cassis, sweet herbs, licorice, rosemary, dark cocoa powder, a touch of fantastic. A special occasion wine --- at this price, it’s a MUST. While it lasts, that is!!

The 2015 red Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines have beautiful deep, dark and already shiny colours. The aromas –mostly black fruit- remain fresh, a proof that the fruit has been harvested at its optimal ripeness. The tannins are there – silky and smooth, fine and elegant. The wines are balanced, fruity, enjoyable, and definitely set to age well and for many years. Still, they bear all the necessary qualities to be drunk in their prime youth, just like the 1990, 1998 and 2010 vintages.

Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Varietal: 100% Grenache
Aging/Cooperage: 2/3 in big barrels (“foudres”) and 1/3 in 600 liter barrels (“demi-muids”)
Alcohol: 15%

About The Producer

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.

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.

Pairing Suggestions

Pairs well with Thanksgiving turkey!!

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