Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin 2012

94 Wine Advocate | 94 Wine Spectator | 94 Jeb Dunnuck

Domaine de la Janasse is one of the estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape whose years of consistent excellence and quality, have established themselves as one of the elite wineries in the region. Much of that success can be attributed to Aimé Sabon who founded the winery in the early 1970’s and has maintained the day to day wine-growing and vineyard management duties every day since. Now a days though, the real success of the winery comes from Aimé’s son, Christophe, who handles the winemaking duties. Robert Parker, Jr. himself said of one of the Rhone’s legendary sons, “The young and talented Christophe Sabon continues to display the sure-handed touch of a veteran winemaker.”

His 2012 edition is a wonderful example of 100% Grenache. It’s rich and juicy with prominent sweet blue fruits up front and silky core laced with blackberries, violets and licorice that make this full-bodied aged red an ideal wine to drink on special occasions over the next 10-15 years,


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Country: France

Region: Chateauneuf Du Pape, Rhone

Variety: Grenache

Terroir: sandy limestone

Winemaking: 80% destemming, then maceration for 26 days with daily manual pressing; 2/3 in foudres (wooden vats) and 1/3 in demi-muids (600-litre barrel), for 12 months

Upon his return from military service in 1967, Aime Sabon took over his father’s vines, who used to take the grapes to a wine cooperative. In 1973, however, Aime decided to build his own cellar and make his own wine, the birth of Domaine de a Janasse. He knew he had perfect soil and took advantage of it, expanding the property from just 15 hectares to now over 90.

In 1991, Aime’s son, Christophe, returned from studying viticulture and oenology in Beaune and marketing in Macon to assume the keys to the cellar. He developed new cuvees and expanded into new markets, expanding the reach and appeal of Domaine de la Janasse, ensuring his wine always reflects the vines’ growth environment. This Chaupin reflects the constituent character of Granache grown in Chateauneuf de Pape.

94 Wine Advocate “The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin, which I was able to taste (and drink) from multiple bottles, is a beautiful Grenache that comes from the cooler, northeastern edge of the appellation. Coming almost all from the Chapouin lieu-dit (it gets a small bit from La Janasse), it gives up the classic notes of black berries, spring flowers, violets, and licorice that I always seem to find in this cuvee. Building nicely on the palate, it is medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, has tons of sweet fruit and solid, if not firm, tannin that come out on the finish. It will be better in another couple of years and have 15+ years of overall longevity.”

94 Wine Spectator“Dense but refined, showing layers of fig, boysenberry and blackberry paste offset with notes of anise, fruitcake, allspice, mulled plum and black tea. Exhibits a silky feel through the finish, with lots of sneaky length as an iron accent lingers gracefully. Best from 2015 through 2030.”

94 Jeb Dunnuck – “The 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin is similar to the base cuvée yet has slightly more elegance and complexity, as well as structure. Coming from a cooler terroir in the northern part of the appellation and made from 100% Grenache, its ruby/purple color is followed by perfumed notes of spring flowers, violets, and licorice, and it has a beautiful core of sweet Grenache fruit. With medium to full-bodied richness, terrific purity and a great finish, it too is perfect for drinking over the coming decade or more.”


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