2001 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1072217 97 points Vinous

 The 2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chaupin (magnum) from Domaine de la Janasse was utterly spellbinding in the way it married elements of ripeness with minerality. Fresh and vibrant throughout, the Chaupin showed marvelous intensity and length in its seemingly endless layers of fruit. It was drop-dead gorgeous. (AG)  (6/2010)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Also classic in style, yet still structured and lively, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin started out tight and reserved, yet opened up beautifully in the glass to show complex crushed flowers, white pepper, garrigue and kirsch. Like the traditional cuvee, it has plenty of grip and structure, and will have another 3-5 years of solid drinking. (JD) 94+  (8/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

 This is rich and layered, but silky and refined, displaying impressive range to the pastis, blueberry, fig and blackberry fruit, all inlaid with licorice snap and dried blood orange notes. The long, polished finish has nicely buried minerality. Tasted from magnum.—2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape non-blind retrospective (November 2011). Drink now through 2021. (JM, Web Only-2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Red-ruby. Superripe aromas of baked plum and strawberry, gingerbread, mocha and molasses. Silky-sweet, lush and dense, with exotic flavors of spicecake, dried herbs and game. Less sappy and primary than it appeared to be from barrel a year ago, but this is impressively thick, palate-coating Chateauneuf du Pape with terrific concentration and ripeness. (ST)  (2/2004)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A 100% Grenache wine which is made from 60-year-old vines grown on sandy soil, giving a mineral character to the wine. At this stage, when it is young, it is quite austere, but the tannins and big, dry fruit flavors promise a great future for this classic Châteauneuf. (RV)  (3/2004)

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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