2006 Janasse, Domaine de la Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 96
  • IWC 95
  • WS 94

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2016
A bigger, richer wine than the Chaupin (which is normal), the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes comes from the La Janasse and La Crau lieux-dits, and is 80% Grenache and the balance Syrah and Mourvèdre; the... A bigger, richer wine than the Chaupin (which is normal), the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes comes from the La Janasse and La Crau lieux-dits, and is 80% Grenache and the balance Syrah and Mourvèdre; the Grenache is raised in foudres and demi-muids, and the Syrah and Mourvèdre are raised in small barrels. Full-bodied, rich, decadent and unctuous on the palate, this beauty gives up fabulous notes of dark fruits, dusty soil, licorice, roasted herbs and toasted spice. It needs a short decant if drinking anytime soon, and will continue drinking nicely through 2026. - Jeb Dunnuck
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2009
($130; 80% grenache and 10% each of syrah and mourvedre) Opaque purple. Highly alluring expansive bouquet of blueberry boysenberry licorice and smoky Indian spices. Broad sweet and inviting on the palate offering weighty... ($130; 80% grenache and 10% each of syrah and mourvedre) Opaque purple. Highly alluring expansive bouquet of blueberry boysenberry licorice and smoky Indian spices. Broad sweet and inviting on the palate offering weighty dark berry compote flavors and complicating notes of truffle anise and candied lavender. The spiciness repeats strongly on the finish which is sappy and wonderfully long. These vines are between 80 and 100 years of age.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2008
Really juicy and vivid with blueberry boysenberry and raspberry fruit laced with sweet spice tobacco and fruitcake notes. The long racy finish has a great refreshing edge and solid buried grip. Drink now through 2028. 400... Really juicy and vivid with blueberry boysenberry and raspberry fruit laced with sweet spice tobacco and fruitcake notes. The long racy finish has a great refreshing edge and solid buried grip. Drink now through 2028. 400 cases imported. –JM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2006

Label

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape comes from four plots of different soil types, that marry perfectly in the finished wine. A southern pebbly soil that brings body and power; a Chaupin-like soil for freshness and acidity; a red clay pebbly soil in the north of the appellation that brings structure and body; and finally a sandy-limestone soil for smoothness.

Winery

Janasse, Domaine de la

Domaine de la Janasse, in the Southern Rhone, was founded in 1967 by Aime Sabon. Having returned from military service, he took over management of the family vineyards and formed an estate label, named after the family farm in the locality of “La Janasse”. A cellar was built in 1973 and new plots were acquired, growing the total holdings from 15 hectares to more than 90 today.

In 1991, after earning diplomas in viticulture, oenology and marketing, Aime’s son Christophe Sabon was given the keys to the cellar. His sister Isabelle joined the team in 2001.

La Janasse grows all 13 permissible grapes in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation to give complexity and depth to their different wines. They produce 3 red and 2 white Chateauneuf du Pape wines, red, white and rose Cotes-du-Rhone, and a number of IGP wines.