2009 Janasse Terre De BussiereBlend from France
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WINE: "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...
- 88 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 88 Wine Spectator
- 87 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
88 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2009 Vin de Pays Terre de Bussiere, which is 60% Merlot, 20% Syrah and the rest Grenache, is really a sleeper of the vintage, and given how inexpensive it is, it just might be the best example of this wine I have tasted from Sabon. Black raspberry, cassis, licorice, spice box and new saddle leather notes are all present in this wine, which displays an unctuous texture in a big, jammy, fruit bomb sort of style. It is a pretty wine to drink over the next few years." (10/11)
88 Wine Spectator
"Delivers a direct core of dark plum and roasted fig fruit, with a coating of dark licorice hanging through the finish. Drink now. 800 cases imported. -JM" (2011)
87 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"Bright purple. Dark berries, pipe tobacco and spices on the fragrant nose. Round and fleshy, with good depth to its gently sweet cherry and cassis flavors. Notes of mint and cracked pepper give the palate a tangy edge. Shows a refreshingly bitter quality on the finish, where the cherry and spice notes carry through. These vines are planted just outside the northern boundary of Chateauneuf du Pape, near Courthezon and the Sabons' winery." (05/12)
"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
88 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
88 - Wine Spectator
87 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
|Varietal(s)||Merlot, Syrah / Shiraz, Grenache / Garnacha|
|Taste||currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, black currant, dust and leather|
|Nose||violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, spice box, cedar, dark fruit, vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco and red fruit|