Monday, September 28, 2009

2007 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin

Brand: Domaine de la Janasse
Style: Red Wine
Varietal: Rhone Blend
Region: Rhone
Category: France
Size: 750 ml
Ratings: RP 95-99IWC 93-96

Domaine de la Janasse-The Children Lead the Charge

Domaine de la Janasse was created in 1973 by Aimé Sabon. Aime still is responsible for the vineyards, but it is now his children Christophe and Isabelle who direct the winemaking and elevage. Under their direction, Janasse has moved to the forefront of Rhone producers, making stunning wines of great purity and intensity, while still respecting the classic style of the region.

Robert Parker gushes "Young Christophe Sabon, with his sister by his side and his father in the background, is doing as great a job turning out terrific wines as any vigneron in the world. With nearly 200 acres of vineyards, 45 of them old vines situated in Chateauneuf du Pape, there is enormous potential, all of it being exploited... Janasse's 2007 Chateauneuf du Papes are outrageous, all of which performed brilliantly..."


Robert Parker 95-99 Points

I have had so many terrific examples of the Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin that it's hard to say the 2007 is the finest of all, but it is truly an amazing, old vine Grenache cuvee. Just under 20,000 bottles were produced from sand and clay soils. This inky/purple-colored wine reveals exquisite aromatic fireworks consisting of creme de cassis, black raspberries, licorice, incense, and spice, awesome fruit, major concentration, and a serious finish of close to a minute. For a wine of such enormous size, it is remarkable for its overall equilibrium and freshness.

International Wine Cellar 93-96 Points

Deep ruby. Sexy, perfumed bouquet of red berries, cherry, minerals and fresh flowers. Silky, finely etched raspberry and black cherry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity, picking up a suave cinnamon note on the back end. The red fruit finish clings impressively. A big wine, but the impression it leaves is one of finesse and focus.

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