This highly regarded estate is situated at the entrance to the village of Courthezon and comprises 90 glorious hectares of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône. Christophe Sabon and his sister, Isabelle, manage Janasse; although their father is technically retired, he is still a visible as well as spiritual presence at this superb estate. The property has the rare distinction of being high profile yet delightfully unaffected; it produces world-class wines that are consistently excellent every year.
As Robert Parker notes: "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! Domaine de la Janasse is one of the great winemaking estates of not only France, but of the world"
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes & Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin are the two most celebrated wines.
Chaupin, made from old vines - some as old as 100 years - grown on largely sandy plots, is a quintessential Grenache: lifted and pure with blackcurrant, cherry and violet notes it its youth, then smoky and more decadent after 10-15 years in bottle.
The Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 64% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, with 6% others from three different plots: a southern rocky plot that brings body and power, a sandy plot for freshness and acidity, and a red-clay and rocky plot in the northern part of the appellation that brings structure and body. The resulting blend gives ripe black fruits; liquorice; garrigue, and earthy/stony minerality. A piercing acidity perfectly balances the richness and confident power. This is one of the greatest wines of the region - most vintages are capable of 25+ years of evolution.
Janasse’s white Châteauneuf-du-Papes are fascinating: Sabon is one of the last producers to still do a 100% malolactic fermentation with no filtration. The resulting wines are full-bodied, multi-layered, and glorious in their richness.
What sets this estate apart from many others vying for attention in the Southern Rhone is their consistency. In addition to excelling in the top years, this estate also shines in the more challenging vintages. We are thrilled to be chosen as a UK distributor for the estate.
For distribution in the UK only.