Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
(Southern Rhone, France) - [WA 98+] [WE 98] [JD 97+] [DC 97] [WS 95]
Regular price $195.00 Sale price $119.97 Save $75.03
About The Winery:
In contrast to Chaupin, which is made from old-vine Grenache on sandy soils, the cuvée Vieilles Vignes is from old vines of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah along with smaller percentages of other permitted varieties that are grown in these old vineyards. The wine is sourced from 4 terroirs: pebbly clay, sand, gravelly red clay and sandy limestone. Vieilles Vignes is always the most powerful and concentrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvée made at Domaine de la Janasse.
- VARIETY: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, others
- AGE OF VINES: 60-110+
- FARMING: In conversion
- SOIL: Pebbly clay, sand, gravelly red clay, sandy limestone
- ALTITUDE: 100-125 meters
- FERMENTATION: Hand harvested, 30% whole cluster, fermentation in concrete and oak vats, 21-28 day maceration
- AGING: 18 months in foudres, 600L neutral French oak barrels (Grenache), and 225L French oak barrels (Syrah & Mourvèdre, 20% new barrels)
Ratings & Reviews
"Black cherries, blackberries and garrigue all appear on the nose of the dense, concentrated 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. Yes, the wine boasts some formidable tannins, but they're ripe, and the fruit is vibrant and intense, with all of the ingredients for cellaring up to two decades. With time, it might even approach the performance of the 2009 (99 points) or 2010 (100)." - Joe Czerwinski (5/2022)
98 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
In contrast to Janasse's varietal Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottlings, this expression of old vines dating as far back as 1920 blends Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and other grapes from four distinct vineyard sites. Matured primarily in foudres, it offers piercing blackberry and black-plum flavors softened by flurries of peppercorn and anise as well as ripe, feathery tannins. Anchored by a firm earthen undertow, the wine will improve through 2040 and hold further.
97+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
Lastly, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes is another tour de force from this estate, who are clearly firing on all cylinders today. A blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, and the rest Syrah that’s brought up in a mix of foudre and barrel, its deep purple hue is followed by a rich, powerful, full-bodied wine offering ample cassis and darker berry fruits, notes of ground pepper, cured meats, and scorched earth, ripe, building tannins, incredible balance, and a great finish. It’s going to flirt with perfection at maturity, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it still drinking brilliantly at age 30.
97 Points - Decanter:
Lovely density of dark fruit, full and weighty on the palate. Powerful, long, concentrated and fresh. The alcohol is a little warming, but generally the impression is one of warmth, generosity and endlessly deep, dark fruit. One for the cellar. Fermented in concrete, matured for 12 months in foudre and demi-muid.
95 Points - Wine Spectator:
Warm and lush in feel, with steeped dark plum, blackberry and açai berry fruit flavors infused with singed savory, licorice root and warm earth notes, offering a late echo of bittersweet Valrhona chocolate. Good underlying grip keeps this honest enough too. -JM (10/2021)