2022 Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone
The young Christophe Sabon holds sway here with great enthusiasm. He took over the domain from his father in the early 1990s and, as is so often the case, the development since then has been extremely positive. Christophe cultivates a total of more than 15 hectares of vineyard, all on very difficult surfaces of gravel, sand and large boulders. The sticks are more than 40 years old, in some plots there are sticks that are more than 80 years old.
The variety of different grapes is very large, including Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne, Carignan, Bourboulenc, Counoise. Low yields, often less than 30 hl/ha, are achieved by ruthless pruning and rigorous vendange verte. Christophe also works almost exclusively organically. The grapes are picked entirely by hand. Before fermentation the grapes are lightly crushed, followed by a long maceration of approximately 18 days. After temperature-controlled fermentation, the wines remain in large oak barrels. All wines are made classically and excel through the combination of strength and finesse.
The Côtes du Rhône from Janasse is a blend of 40% Grenache supplemented with Mourvèdre, Carignan, Syrah and Cinsault and is another beautiful vintage. The wine is medium-bodied, juicy and peppery with spices yet fresh. A very characterful wine and exactly what a good Cote du Rhone should be, but we can leave that to Domaine Janasse.
Domaine de la Janasse dates from 1967 when it was founded by Aimé Sabon with 15 ha of vineyard. The total area now exists of 55 ha and is currently run by son Christophe and his sister Isabelle. He is a very successful winemaker! Christophe cultivates more than 15 hectares of vineyards in total. The variety of different grapes is very large, including Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne, Carignan, Bourboulenc, Counoise. All wines are made classically and excel through the combination of power and finesse. The vineyards are located on a difficult surface of pebble, sand and large boulders. The vines are 40 to 90 years old. The yield is usually less than 30 hl / ha due to strict pruning and a rigorous vendange verte. Christophe also works almost exclusively organically. Janasse's big break came in 2007, when their Châteauneuf du Pape "Veilles Vignes" scored 100 points Parker !! All their wines score excellent year after year. The quality of this domain is so great that even their "ordinary" Côtes-du-Rhône "is already highly regarded worldwide!
|Type of Wine
|Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah-Shiraz
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Dry, Fruity, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Flexible, Full
|Barbecue, Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Voor alledag