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Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge 2011

| red | juicy & concentrated |
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80% grenache noir; 10% syrah; 10% mourvèdre/cinsault
Alcohol %
25-30 hl/ha
barrel aged
organic (certified)
Drinkable till
Fiche Technique
Other vintages available
2010 (5)
Product code
beperkt beschikbaar
Tasting notes

In the nose raspberries and sweet cherries, floral notes (rose) and cocoa. On the palate juicy, sultry matter of raspberry fruit and cherry jam, mild herb (thyme). Liquorice and cocoa associations as it continues. 2011 Is a ‘medium bodied’ wine, sultry than many Châteauneuf and at this stage mainly fruit dominated. The tannins are still present. From 2016 onward, but best to wait another 1-2 years for optimal pleasure. [June 2015]

Wine producer
With his father and father-in-law's vineyards, Aimé Sabon started this family business in Courthézon (in the hamlet called La Janasse) after his military service in 1967. Before his arrival, the harvest was sold to the cooperative and négociants. The cellar dates back to 1973. After a study Oenology in Beaune and some working experience at Mâcon in 1991, Christophe entered the business and is now responsible for the wine making. His sisters Isabelle and Hélène are also actively involved. The wine arsenal has grown since 1973 from 15 to 90 hectares today. The Sabons match the grapes, soil and micro-climate with great precision. All their efforts lead to incredibility balanced terroir wines. Their reputation is excellent, and unfortunately prices has raised substantially.
Quote & Reviews

John Livingston/ “Has a broad, high octane nose with a sweet foundation. Raspberry liqueur aroma at its heart, with thyme, coffee, dust notes. It is sweet, forward, obvious. The palate is more concentrated than many, into a compact ball of red fruit. There is sound depth of tasty tannin on the finish. Sweet, fat wine that will evolve in the good direction. From 2015.” [December 2012]

Jeb Dunnuck/Wine Advocate: “The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape, which is a rough blend of 75-80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and the balance Mourvedre and Cinsault, displays beautiful kirsch, raspberry, spice and dusty soils aromas (among other things) as well as a medium-bodied, silky, elegant and finesse-driven style on the palate. With good mid-palate depth and fine tannin on the finish, it should have around a decade of longevity. Drink now-2021. ”

The Wine Cellar Inside: “Sweet, ripe, silky red berries linger, until more, spicy, fresh fruits make their way into the long, seductive, fruit filled finish.” (91/100)


John L. Livingston
Wine Advocate
Wine Spectator