2009 Janasse Terre De Bussiere
currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, black currant, dust and leather
violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, spice box, cedar, dark fruit, vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco and red fruit
"Sustainable farming, aging: 12 months in barrel (1/3 new). This Vin de Pays, an assembly of Syrah and Merlot located in a place named 'Bussiere', surprises by its power and strengh. It perfectly expresses the maturity potential and the nice balance of this millesime. Merlot is aged in barrels to give it even more strength." -Importer
"Domaine de la Janasse has quickly become one of the Superstar estates of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Led by the dynamic Christophe 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's to benchmark Chateauneufs. The estate was founded in 1976 by Aime Sabon, Christophe's father, who still oversees the vineyards and farms organically. The property consists of 40 Hectares, spread over as many as 70 different parcels throughout the appellation."
While Aime works in the vineyards, his son, Christophe Sabon, is in charge of wine production. Christophe is a self-proclaimed 'great defender of Grenache,' which still represents 75% of their vines. He manages the common rusticity of Grenache-based wines through meticulous work in the vineyards and cellar. The result is a wide range of lavishly ripe, extracted Chateauneuf-du-Papes and Cotes-du-Rhones that are complex and yet balanced with acidity - often in contradiction to an appellation better known for sheer exuberance and power. As Robert Parker points out: 'The young and talented Christophe Sabon continues to display the sure-handed touch of a veteran winemaker'." -Importer