2009 Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
98 points Robert Parker: "One of my favorites was already the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin (which is always aged in foudres and 600-liter demi-muids, two-thirds in the former and one-third in the latter) and this wine has really put on richness and intensity since I tasted it last year. An absolutely magnificent wine, it scored a good four points higher this year, and it is unusual for me to vary that much from one tasting to the next. Tipping the scales at 15% natural alcohol, this dense purple wine has noble sweetness and an extraordinary concentration of lavender, black cherry liqueur, licorice, and minerality. Full-bodied, with silky tannins, a multi-dimensional, unctuously textured, voluptuous palate and a stunning finish, this wine is outrageously delicious and a phenomenal expression of old-vine Grenache. It should drink well for up to 20+ years." (10/11) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Mouthfilling from the start, with loads of plum sauce, linzer and crushed cherry flavors backed by mouthwatering licorice and roasted spice notes. There's plenty of grip on the finish..." 92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Sexy aromas of tangy red berries, Asian spices, cocoa powder and incense. Then silky and sweet in the mouth, offering pure raspberry and strawberry flavors and a sexy note of candied flowers. Gains weight with air and finishes with excellent clarity, cut and spiciness. This should be lovely soon after release." (Mar/Apr 11) 15.5% abv.