2012 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Most likely one of the top 2-3 wines produced, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a rough blend of 80-85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre (which was harvested October 10) and the balance Syrah, that hit 15.4% natural alcohol. Seeing the same elevage as the 2011, it sports an inky purple color as well as spectacular array of black and blue fruits, violets, liquid flowers and underbrush to go with an energetic, seamless and full-bodied profile on the palate. Lighter weight than the 2007 and 2010, it possesses notable freshness, purity and elegance. It should benefit from short-term cellaring and thrill for upward of two decades. Drink 2016-2032. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. Blackberry, blueberry and pungent herbs on the mineral-accented nose, with a floral topnote providing lift. Impressively sweet, lush and deep, showing sexy flavors of dark berry preserves, candied lavender and spicecake. Finishes very long and smooth, with supple tannins, lingering spiciness and outstanding clarity.
This cuvée of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre is from vines planted to clay-limestone soils that are full of the region's famous large pebbles, known as 'galets', which absorb heat from the sun during the day and keep vines warm at night, encouraging ripeness and intensity of flavor. This was raised in one-year-old foudres and barriques, and reveals classic Chateauneuf aroma and flavor characteristics in an elegant, beautifully balanced style that will age for decades.