2001 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1044022 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Almost always one of the top wines in any vintage, the 2001 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is no exception. A blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest a blend of Mourvèdre and assorted varieties, from vines averaging 60-100+ years old, this cuvee is aged 75% in old foudres, and 25% in oak barrels, of which roughly have are new. While decidedly modern tasting a few years ago, the wine is starting to show its southern Rhone soul with touches of spice, licorice, and garrigue seeping into what was once a very fruit driven wine. Full bodied on the palate and simply superbly built, with loads of structure, serious concentration, and a massive finish, this awesome effort should continue to evolve positively for 3-5 years, and drink well for a decade or more after that.  (3/2011)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is still opaque and deeply colored, with killer blackcurrants, smoked meats, orange-tinged chocolate, roasted herbs and serious minerality all soaring from the glass. Just at the early stages of full maturity, this full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated effort should be consumed over the coming 4-6 years. (JD)  (8/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Here is a wine that shows the serious side of Châteauneuf. While the fruit is certainly huge, what is equally apparent is the restrained power and the rich, concentrated tannins. (RV)  (3/2004)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Blockbuster Châteauneuf--rich and thick yet loyal to local customs with its traditional emphasis on plum, leather, wet earth, cedar, tobacco, coffee and mineral. A wine like none other--and unhindered by some modernistic oak treatment. Fabulously authentic stuff. *Highly Recommended* (PM)  (9/2003)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Roasted red plum, cherry liqueur and grilled meat on the nose; superripe but not over the top. Then thick, sweet, deep and young, with a compelling flavor of creme de cassis Powerful, dense, classic grenache en surmaturite Finishes with explosive length and lush, very fine tannins. Amazingly ripe, but wears its high alcohol gracefully. (ST) 93+  (2/2004)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 15.5