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Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Chaupin 2020 (Magnum 1.5L)  - First Bottle


99 Jeb Dunnuck -
I was blown away by the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Chaupin, a 100% Grenache release that comes almost exclusively from the Chaupin lieu-dit in the northern part of the appellation. It's never as inky-hued or powerful as the Vieilles Vignes but always screams Grenache with its sexy, ripe, seamless, and remarkably elegant style. The 2020 offers a translucent ruby/purple hue as well as incredible aromatics of blackberries, black raspberries, peppery garrigue, herbes de Provence, and flowers, and it opens up nicely with time in the glass. Full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, it has silky tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. I finished my note with "a Grenache lover's dream." This is up with the finest vintages produced and will evolve for 15+ years. Best after 2022
98 Decanter -
Full-bodied, generous in fruit and glycerol. The tannins and acidity seem to meld together into a single vertebral column. The alcohol is present, lending sweetness rather than heat. Remarkably elegant for a wine of these dimensions, with great, rising, upright flavours and structure. This is a very special wine with a long finish. Parcels of Grenache planted on lieux-dits Chapouin, La Janasse and La Crau, the oldest planted in 1912.
93-95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
All Grenache, with about 20% to 30% whole bunches, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin is slightly herbal and stemmy on the nose, but those elements are balanced by wonderful black cherry and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied, concentrated yet silky, with a long, briny finish, this is another strong 2020 from the Sabon family.
94 Wine Spectator -
Ripe but very focused, with a streamlined feel to the mix of raspberry, red currant and bitter cherry fruit flavors. Reveals a racy apple wood note coursing underneath, while licorice, black tea and graphite fill in through the finish. Best from 2023 through 2038. 1,500 cases made, 504 cases imported.

Technical Details

  • BlendGrenache
  • WinemakerIsabelle and Christophe Sabon
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone Valley
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Farming MethodOrganic Practices
  • Aging/Cooperage2/3 in foudres (wooden vats) and 1/3 in demi-muids (600-litre barrel), for 12months.
  • Alcohol15.5%
  • Production504 Cases imported cases

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Chaupin 2020 (Magnum 1.5L)

Rhone Blends  |  France
JD99, DC98

Organic Practices
32% off retail!

"Domaine de la Janasse is one of the great winemaking estates of not only France, but of the world." - Robert Parker, Jr.

We’ve shared that quote before, but just so deftly captures the magic that the Sabon family has created here. One of CdP’s brightest stars, with an exceptional cuvee of some of their oldest plantings, in a vintage that showcases the elegance, longevity, and remarkable purity possible in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 99 POINTS and sure to age for decades...this is the perfect magnum of CdP to add to your collection – all at the best price in the U.S.A.!

The estate got started in the early 1970s when Aimé Sabon took over his father’s farm. Like many in Châteauneuf, the family had always sold their grapes to the local co-op, but Aimé bucked that trend – building his own cellar and producing his own wines. He named it Domaine de la Janasse after the family farm in Courthézon, in the locality of “La Janasse”. Starting with 15 hectares, Aimé’s ambition led to his acquiring more and more neighboring, the estate has over 90 hectares.

This 100% grenache bottling hails almost exclusively from the Chaupin lieu-dit in the northern part of the appellation – where 110+-year-old vines grown in sandy, rocky soils thrive a stone’s throw from the Sabon family’s ancestral home. Jeb Dunnuck calls this wine "a grenache lover's dream", and goes on to state that this belongs in the discussion of perhaps the very best-ever bottling of this wine. It’s certainly the best we’ve tried over the years, abounding with ethereal purity, freshness, and searing intensity like few straight grenache wines we’ve ever tasted!

Floral notes of lavender pastilles, myriad bramble berry sensations, and that utterly classic CdP garrigue, with just a whisper of white pepper – this just might be the Platonic ideal of the grenache grape. We got as many as we could, but 99-point magnums from all-time legendary estates don’t tend to last long, especially at prices like this!

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.