2011 Janasse Terre D'argile Cotes Du Rhone Villages Rouge
black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, violet, oak, smoke, toast and vanilla
vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and mint
"Farming: Practicing organic and biodynamic. Vineyards: Parcels from Les Garrigues (vineyard right outside Chateauneuf-du-Pape). Vine age: 40-60 years old. Ageing: In foudre barrel for one year. The vines selected for this Cotes-du-Rhone are from the Les Garrigues vineyard located along the border just outside Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Terre d'Argile translates to "red clay terroir," referring to the soil type for this particular wine." - 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