2010 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 98-100
Vinous Media: 94
Red Wine
Price :
$89.95
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"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is black purple as well, but slightly more restrained and lower in alcohol, with more noticeable tannins and acidity. Nevertheless, this is still a phenomenally concentrated wine, with notes of barbecue spices, blackberry and black currant fruit, smoked herbs, charcoal, incense and an intense lavender note. The tannins kick in following the full-bodied, massive mouthfeel, as well as the acidity. This wine will need to be forgotten for 8-10 years, which is somewhat atypical for a Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape. It can be consumed over the following three-plus decades. An absolutely brilliant wine, as are all of these in the Janasse portfolio.

This impeccably run estate, in the capable hands of Christophe Sabon, his sister Isabelle, and their father, is one of the superstars of the southern Rhone Valley. Over the last 12-15 years, the quality of the wines has gone from strength to strength, with brilliant wines being produced in all price categories. They make sumptuous, complex, world-class red, white and rose Cotes du Rhones, and year-in and year-out, their Chateauneuf du Papes are among the top three or four wines of the vintage. Tasting two great vintages (2009 and 2010) from the Sabons was one of the most thrilling tastings I have had this year. My tasting began with some unbelievable Cotes du Rhones." (WA)

"Inky purple. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berries, cola and licorice pastille, with a wild suggestion of blood orange adding lift and vibrancy. Fleshy and velvety in texture, offering sappy blackberry and cassis flavors that pick up spiciness with air. Not showing much in the way of tannins right now but Sabon assures me that they're in there. Finishes bright and very long, with a subtle lingering note of candied rose." (IWC)