Here are the great wines of Domaine de La Janasse, one of the stars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In 1973, Aimé Sabon, son and son-in-law of winegrowers, created his estate in the lieu-dit called "La Janasse". His children Christophe and Isabelle joined him on an estate that has come a long way: it has grown (73 ha) and has collected stars in the Guide. In Châteauneuf: 3 favourites.
The Janasse Tradition is made from 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre from vines that are on average 40 years old. The terroirs vary, with rocks, stones, sand and some clay, as well as limestone soils. The wine is aged in a combination of foudres and oak barrels used for 12 months. Production averages 1,250 cases.
The Janasse Chaupin is made from 100% Grenache from old vines planted more than 100 years ago. Indeed, they were planted in 1912. The terroir consists of pure sandy soils in the Chapouin vineyard. 70% of the wine is aged in foudres, while 30% is aged in demi-muids. 25% of the demi-muids are new French oak from 12 months ago. Production averages 1,000 cases. This is my favourite Janasse wine.
The Janasse Vieilles Vignes is made from a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 3% Mourvèdre. The rest of the blend comes from a myriad of different grape varieties which can be mainly Cinsault . Produced from old vines that range from 60 years old to over 100 years old. The terroir is mainly composed of galets, sand and clay. About 65% of the grapes are destemmed. The rest of the fruit is vinified in whole bunches. 75% of the wine is aged in foudres. The other 25% is aged in 40% new French oak demi-muids for 12 months. Some tasters love this cuvée. I find that the oak can overwhelm the Grenache in some vintages when the wine is young.
The Domaine Janasse Blanc is produced from a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette and 25% Roussanne. Aged in 80% new French oak barrels for 7 months, production averages 350 cases per year.
The Domaine Janasse Prestige Blanc is composed of 70% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc and 15% Clairette. The wine is aged in new French oak barrels for an average of 14 months. The production is only 90 cases per year.
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