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Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016 (Magnum 1.5L)  - First Bottle


95 Wine Enthusiast -
Exuberant blackberry and blueberry notes extend from nose to palate of this powerfully ripe, luscious wine. It's decadent and forward yet full of mineral tension and taut, firm-footed tannins. Fresh fruit flavors are delightful already but this wine will please well through 2040.
95 Jeb Dunnuck -
Moving to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape from bottle, the 2016 vintage was described as having the power of 2010 and similar to yet fresher than 2007. The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers a great bouquet of black raspberries, tapenade, crushed violets, and spring flowers, and shares lots of similarities to the Chaupin cuvée (and it’s less expensive!). Full-bodied, incredibly elegant and seamless, it might be the finest traditional cuvée ever produced from this estate.
93 Wine Spectator -
A lovely beam of cassis and dark plum fruit streams through, laced with anise and graphite notes and driving into a sage brush-accented finish. Shows the ripe, focused, racy feel of the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2030.
93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits more dark fruit than I would've expected, with black cherries, black olives and tar all mingling on the nose. In the mouth, the blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault is full-bodied, rich and velvety, with a lush, lingering finish. Easy to drink now, it should age for at least a decade just on its sheer concentration and ripeness.
92 Decanter -
A deep, savoury nose with a back note of menthol overlaid with detailed bramble and raspberry. The palate has some fairly assertive tannins holding it all together, with good texture and relief. Nicely balanced, lots of detail to enjoy. Drinking Window 2020 - 2028
92 James Suckling -
Very complex and deeply flavored with quite sappy, stalk influence, accentuating garrigue and floral elements. Some stony aromas, too. The palate has a polished, plush and assertive core of plump, ripe, red fruit and a long, plush, pastry-like tannin texture. Drink or hold.
92 Jeff Leve -
Already delicious, the wine is richly textured, with loads of peppery, slightly jammy, fresh, peppery fruits. The lush finish is juicy, fruity, round and sweet. The wine was made from blending 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.

Technical Details

  • Blend65% old Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault
  • WinemakerIsabelle and Christophe Sabon
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone Valley
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Aging/Cooperage12 months in 80% foudres and 20% in barrels (which 1/3 are new)
  • Alcohol15%

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016 (Magnum 1.5L)

Rhone Blends  |  France
WE95, JD95, WS93, JL92, JS92, DC92

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Mouth-coating dark fruit and a gentle herb note to start. The body is big and dense, and it finishes with elegant layers of velvet tannins. A WOW wine!

About the Producer

The estate was founded in 1976 by Aime Sabon, the father of Christophe and Isabelle, who still oversee the vineyards. The property consists of 40 hectares, spread over as many as 70 different parcels throughout the appellation. While Aime works in the vineyards, his children are in charge of wine production. Christophe is a self-proclaimed, great defender of Grenache, which still represents 75% of their vines. With assistance from Aime and Isabelle, he manages the common rusticity of Grenache-based wines through meticulous work in the vineyards and cellar. The result is a wide range of rich and flavorful Chateauneuf-du-Papes, Cotes-du-Rhones and Vins de Pays that are complex and balanced often in contradiction to a region better known for sheer exuberance and power.