CNDP Cuvee VV La Janasse 2015

When it comes to France, the Rhone still offers the very best value for the pinnacle of quality. Chateauneuf du Pape is a truly singular expression of the Rhone and we love producers who stick to their guns and create powerful, characterful, distinctive wines from this region: for this reason we love Domaine de la Janasse, and we are delighted to offer you the newly released 2015 vintage.

Aimé Sabon founded Domaine de La Janasse in 1973 and ran the estate until 1991, when his son Christophe, a graduate of the oenological school in Beaune, took over. Christophe and his sister, Isabelle, manage the Domaine today. This is a brilliantly run Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate that sits unquestionably at the top level of the appellation’s hierarchy.

We tasted through the whole range earlier this yearand it would be an understatement to say that we were hugely impressed by the quality of the wines – they are simply some of the purest, most refined and regal 2015 Chateauneufs we have tasted to date. They deliver the full-on aromatics of ripe Grenache, always picked on the later side, but they always have great balance; neither overripe nor alcoholic notes are to be found – on the contrary, the Janasse Chateauneufs have a seductive and almost feminine tone, combining power, intensity, and sensuality.

Vieilles Vignes is without a doubt Janasse’s top wine but also one of the appellation’s best cuvées. The blend is 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 3% Mourvedre and 2% other varieties. Three quarters of the wine is aged in foudres and the rest in small barrels, only 40% of which is new. With such restrained new oak on the wines, it allows the 60 to 100+ year old vines to express their terroirs singularity and really show their potential. And what potential…

Having just been scored a tremendous 98 Points by The Wine Advocate, it is certainly worth buying it now before it quickly disappears, especially as we can offer you the best price on the market.
 

Comparative pricing

2015 – 98 WA    £640 per 12 IB

2010 – 100WA    £1890 per 12 IB

2009 – 99 WA     £975 per 12 IB

2007 – 100 WA   £1800 per 12 IB

2003 – 97 WA     £1000 per 12 IB

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Tasting Notes and Scores

Wine Advocate
98

“The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is a tour de force. Raspberry and apricot-scented fruit, rich chocolate notes and an incredible whirlwind of spice are delivered in this full-bodied wine that shows no heat, just waves of flavor. It should drink well for 20 years or more.” - Joe Czerwinski, October 2017, www.robertparker.com

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