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2011 Janasse Terre D'argile Cotes Du Rhone Villages RougeBlend from France


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Wine: "Farming: Practicing organic and biodynamic. Vineyards: Parcels from Les Garrigues (vineyard right outside Chateauneuf-du-Pape). Vine age: 40-60 years old. Ageing: In ...

  • 91 Wine Spectator
  • 91 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 91 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"Delivers a chunky feel, with plum skin and blackberry paste flavors bouncing off singed anise and warm linzer torte notes. The briary finish delivers solid length and depth for the vintage. Drink now through 2017. 1,000 cases imported. -JM" (10/13)

91 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"More serious and layered, the 2011 Cotes du Rhone Villages Terre d'Argile is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache, with the Grenache aged in foudre and everything else in 1-to-5-year-old barrels. Rock solid, with notes of spice-laced black and red fruits, licorice and background meatiness, this full-bodied beauty has a rich, textured mouthfeel, good freshness and loads of depth. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2018."

"Located in the town of Courthezon, and covering 38 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape and 100 acres in Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Janasse is run by the brother/sister pair, Christophe and Isabelle Sabon. While 2011 was a difficult vintage throughout the region, you wouldn't know it by tasting here. These wines are superb across the board and should not be missed." (10/13)

91 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The 2011 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Terre d'Argile is composed of equal parts Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan grown in clay soils just outside Chateauneuf du Pape. This cuvee, which hit a remarkable 16% natural alcohol in 2011, is a muscular, full-throttle red that could easily be mistaken for a Chateauneuf du Pape. Meaty with lots of kirsch, earth, forest floor and black fruit characteristics, it should drink well for 5-6 years."

"Domaine de la Janasse is one of the great winemaking estates of not only France, but of the world. It is situated adjacent to the Auto Route de Soleil opposite Chateauneuf du Pape, at the entrance to the village of Courthezon. Janasse is managed by Christophe Sabon and his sister, Isabelle. Although their father is technically retired, he is still a visible as well as spiritual presence at this superb estate. Janasse owns over 40 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as significant holdings in the Cotes du Rhone appellations. The consistency at this estate since the mid-1990s has been remarkable. Year in and year out, the wines, both reds and whites, are among the finest one will find ... anywhere! 2011 is consistently a top vintage at Janasse, even though it is by no means a great vintage in the southern Rhone, and their prodigious 2010s compete with their remarkable array of 2007s and 2009s. First, the 2011s, a challenging year that depended on vignerons making strict selections, not only in the vineyard, but also on the triage tables. Sabon has certainly done that. Janasse's white Chateauneuf du Papes are fascinating as Sabon is one of the last producers to still do a 100% malolactic fermentation and no filtration. 2010 rivals 2007 as the two greatest vintages I have ever tasted at Domaine de la Janasse (and I've been tasting their wines for over two decades)." (10/12)

Product Description:

"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

Product Detail

Item # 79114
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-Region Cotes du Rhone

91 - Wine Spectator

91 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

91 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2011
Color Red
ABV 14.5%
Varietal(s) Grenache / Garnacha, Syrah / Shiraz, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features Organic and Biodynamic
Taste black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, violet, oak, smoke, toast and vanilla
Nose vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and mint