2012 Domaine de la Janasse "Tradition" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Looking pretty close to the 2009 and 2010 in terms of quality, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape has slightly less Grenache than prior vintages, with 15% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah and the rest Grenache. Violets, underbrush, sweet black raspberry and cassis all flow from this medium to full-bodied, pure and elegantly styled effort. Showing plenty of fruit, good acidity and terrific purity, it should evolve gracefully for 12-15 years. Drink 2015-2027. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed scents of fresh blueberry, potpourri and woodsmoke, with a suave floral quality emerging with air. Sweet dark berry and spicecake flavors gain weight with air, picking up a sexy floral pastille nuance and a touch of allspice. Impressively fresh and energetic, with a lingering note of dark berry preserves on the supple, gently tannic finish.
Jeb Dunnuck for Wine Advocate writes: "Located in the town of Courthezon, and covering 38 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape and 100 acres in Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Janasse is run by the brother/sister pair, Christophe and Isabelle Sabon. While 2011 was a difficult vintage throughout the region, you wouldn’t know it by tasting here. These wines are superb across the board and should not be missed." (10/2013)