2016 Domaine de la Janasse Cotes-du-Rhone-Villages Terre d'Argile

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 92
James Suckling: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Ripe and fresh, with a racy feel to the raspberry and cassis fruit that forms the core, laced liberally with anise and violet notes. A light graphite edge gives the finish good contrast. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages Terre d'Argile is an equal-parts blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. It's a full-bodied, silky-textured wine with bright acids that can rival many Châteauneuf-du-Papes. Dusty, earthy notes and dried spices accent cherry-berry fruit and then pick up classy hints of licorice on the lingering finish.

Although I showed up considerably late for my appointment with the brother-sister team of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon, Christophe wore his customary, irrepressible smile. The French soccer team was ahead in their World Cup match, and he was showing off the domaine's stellar 2016s. "It's my father's 50th harvest," he said. "And he thinks it's the best. It's incredible because you have power, finesse and acidity." Interestingly, the Sabons are planting Grenache Gris and Clairette Rose for possible inclusion in red wines, which Christophe said he hopes will add some freshness to Grenache. Worth noting is that the family also owns Clos St Antonin (tasted on this visit but written up under its own heading)." (WA)

"Some poached strawberries, raspberries, dark fruit, garrigue herbs and iodine-like savoriness. The super-pure acidity and tannins are intertwined around ripe, fleshy blackberries. Coal smoke through the minerally finish. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Bottled in March of this year, the 2016 Côtes du Rhône villages Terre D'Argile sports a deep purple color as well as a fresh, elegant, classy style in its cassis, crushed violets, spice, and mineral. It's full-bodied, has beautiful purity, fine tannins, and a pure, clean, straight style. It's going to age gracefully as well.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better run estate than that of Domaine de Janasse, which has been in the Sabon family since 1967. Today it’s the brother and sister pair of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon at the helm, and they continue to produce a bevy of sensational Côtes du Rhônes and Châteauneuf du Papes from their vines in the northeastern region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and around the village of Courthézon. While they’ve pulled back on the pedal-to-the-metal style of the early and mid-2000s, their wines today offer more purity, precision, and elegance while still possessing ample hedonistic fireworks. In short, these are brilliant wines that readers need to snatch up." (JD)

"Equal proportions of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah lend spicy, earthen complexity to juicy black-cherry and berry tones in this wine. While plump and primary in style, it's intensely concentrated and balanced by fresh acidity and gripping tea tannins on the finish. Enjoy now through 2022. Anna Lee C. Iijima" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Domaine de la Janasse has quickly become one of the Superstar estates of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Led by the dynamic brother and sister team, Christophe and Isabelle 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 Châteauneufs

The estate was founded in 1976 by Aimé Sabon, Christophe and Isabelle’s father, who still oversees the vineyards and farms organically. The property consists of 80 Hectares, spread over as many as 70 different parcels throughout the appellation.

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