Domaine de la Janasse, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2018

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Rhone

  • ABV:

    14.50%

  • Grape:

    White Blend

  • Grape Blend:

    Grenache Blanc 50%, Clairette 25%, Roussanne 25%

  • Winemaker:

    Christophe & Isabelle Sabon

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2018 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Ripe, expressive nose of dried tropical fruits and citrus. The palate is medium bodied, silky and full of apricot and pineapple fruit with a crisp, dry finish.

Production Notes

The Grenache Blanc and Clairette in the blend are sourced from vines planted in the 1940s. The wine is aged in 1/3 new barriques with lees stirring for 14 months. Between 900 and 1200 bottles made in any year.

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Producer Profile

Domaine de la Janasse is one of the great winemaking estates of not only France, but of the world. Over the last quarter century, Domaine de la Janasse has become one of the most highly-regarded estates in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Led by siblings Christophe and Isabelle Sabon, the estate combines the best of both traditional and modern techniques to craft a collection of truly riveting wines from simple value-priced VDP to their benchmark Chateauneufs. The estate was founded in 1976 by Aime Sabon, the father of Christophe and Isabelle, who still oversees the vineyards. The property consists of 40 hectares, spread over as many as 70 different parcels throughout the appellation. The terroirs range from sandy soils, as can be found in their well-known plots in the North of the appellation, Chapouin and La Janasse, to lightly-colored clay limestone soils and gravelly red clay and galets, most notable in their plots in Le Crau in the South. While Aime works the vineyards organically, his children, Christophe and Isabelle, 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's farming and Isabelle efforts in the cellar, he harnesses the typical exuberance of Grenache-based wines through careful vinifications that respect both terroir and vintage The results are a wide range of rich and flavourful Chateauneuf-du-Papes, Cotes-du-Rhones and Vins de Pays that are complex and balanced ; often in contradiction to an region better known for sheer size and power. In attempting to describe the wines at Janasse one is confronted with the inadequacies in using style to express their qualities. While there is a modern facet to the richness of the fruit, it is beautifully paired with a pronounced sense of place and complexity. The reds are not entirely destemmed and see long and gentle macerations lasting up to a month, which may account for some of the earthiness and finesse in the wines. Aging takes place in various vessels from large concrete tanks to foudres, and demi-muids. The barrels are mostly neutral and darkened with age and repeated use. The Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blancs here are frequently overlooked and are some of the best examples in the appellation. Coming mainly from sandier soils, only the Roussanne sees time in barrel while the Grenache and Clairette are age entirely in tank. Minuscule quantities of a reserve Blanc, the Prestige, is aged entirely in demi-muid from 1-3 years old. The reds from Janasse are frequently considered to be among the best in the region whether it is their pleasingly complex Cotes-du-Rhone and Cotes-du-Rhone Villages or their three bottlings of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Not surprisingly the aptly named Tradition is the most reserved of their Chateauneufs while Chaupin and Vieilles Vignes are studies in contrast, between the purity of Grenache from sandy soil clearly evident in the former, to the intensity and power of the latter - an indication of the age of the vines, the range of soils from which they are sourced and the density afforded by the addition of old-vine Syrah and Mourvedre to their centenary Grenache.