Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhône Villages Terre d'Argile 2019

93 Jeb Dunnuck

"Looking like a brilliant barrel sample, the 2019 Côtes du Rhône Villages Terre D’Argile reveals a saturated purple hue as well as a meaty, Provençal bouquet of blackcurrants, jammy black cherries, truffly earth, and Asian spices. With full-bodied richness, an expansive, opulent style, and a great finish, it’s going to be a no-brainer purchase to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.

While the 2018s from this great estate are gorgeous wines that show the charming, elegant style of the vintage, the 2019s are a clear step up, and my money is on them being some of the wines of the vintage." -Jeb Dunnuck

“I have long been a huge fan of the wines of the Sabon family of Domaine de la Janasse. Just about everything they make, from their Vin de Pays to their Côtes du Rhônes to their flagship Châteauneuf du Pape wines, are remarkable.” -Wine Advocate


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Country: France

Region: Rhône, Cotes du Rhône Villages

Varieties: 25% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre, 25% Carignan.

Terroir: Very close to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation located in the north of the town of Courthézon, with rolled pebbles and red clay soils.

Winemaking: Hand harvested with 75% destemming, then maceration for 18-21 days with daily manual pressing; Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan are aged in barrel (1/3 new oak), and the grenache is aged in foudres (wooden vats), all for 12 months

"In 1967, Aimé Sabon came back from his military service. He took over his father’s vines, who used to take his grapes to the wine cooperative.
In 1973, Aimé built his own cellar. Domaine de la Janasse was born and named after the family farm that was in Courthézon, in the locality of “La Janasse”. Aimé was ambitious. He knew he had fabulous soil and he wanted to expand the estate by acquiring new plots. From 15 hectares at the very beginning, La Janasse has now reached more than 90 hectares.

In 1991, after a technical diploma in viticulture and oenology in Beaune, and another one in marketing in Mâcon, Christophe Sabon -Aimé’s eldest son- came back to La Janasse where he was given the keys to the cellar. From then different cuvees were developed, new markets conquered. In 2001, Isabelle -Aimé’s daughter- graduated as an oenologist from the University of Toulouse, and joined the team. With Hélène, Aimé’s wife, the family was reunited again in La Janasse." -Domaine de la Janasse


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