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TIME IS ON MY SIDE

Domaine de la Janasse

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Some of the vines at Domaine de la Janasse are as old as Mick Jagger.

But like the Rolling Stone, who is now a great-greatgrandfather, no one here has ever felt like a prisoner of the past. Which is why, in 1967, when Aimé Sabon took over the vineyards from his father, who used to take his grapes to the co-op, and from his négociant grandfather, he declared himself free to do with them whatever he wanted – and what he wanted was an independent estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 

Many years later, in 1991, Aimé handed the cellar keys to his son Christophe, with the same idea of letting him decide what came next with total freedom.

And this Christophe has done respectfully: carefully working the soils throughout the estate, and creating cuvées that harness the qualities of sixty-plus separate though close-together plots. Christophe wants to keep “listening to the plants”. Over the years, every soil, exposure and microclimate of the domaine has been meticulously analysed to solve the thirteen-variety equation and match each one with the shelter of a suitable terroir. To make the wine, Christophe is joined by his sister Isabelle. Together they give a voice to each plot through complex blending, daily tastings, and an overarching principle: concentration without over-extraction, elegance and a satisfying heft, power with finesse… Such is the Janasse style, highlighted by their signature wine: Chaupin. One of the first Grenache-only cuvées in the appellation, its provenance is a cold, sandy, late-ripening site and very old vines, some planted in 1912 by Aimé’s father. 
Back then, he surely knew that time and the vines were on his side… and that they still would be, a century later, for his grandchildren.

LE VIGNOBLE

85 ha: 20 ha in CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE AOC, 15 ha in CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES AOC, 17 ha in CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOC, 25 ha of VIN DE PAYS and VIN DE TABLE. Terroirs: pebbles, chalky clay, sand.

LA CAVE

Temperature-controlled stainless-steel and concrete vats. Grapes are hand-picked, sorted, crushed and partly destemmed. Caps punched manually. Vatted for 15-30 days. Aged for 12-18 months in barrels and large barrels in air-conditioned cellars.

LES VINS

CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE REDTradition: Syrah (15%), Mourvèdre (15%), Grenache (70%). Blended terroirs • Chaupin: Grenache (100%). Selection from a north-facing terroir. Vine age: 70+ years • Vieilles Vignes: Grenache (85%). Blended terroirs. Vine age: 80+ years. • CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE WHITE: Grenache (40%), Roussanne (30%), Clairette (30%). Partly vinified and aged in new barrels. • CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES REDTerre d'argile: Syrah (1/4), Mourvèdre (1/4), Grenache (1/4), Carignan (1/4). Terroir of pebbles and red clay. Aged in barrels. • CÔTES DU RHÔNE REDTradition: Grenache (50%), Mourvèdre (15%), Carignan (15%), Syrah (15%), Cinsault (5%) • Les Garrigues: Grenache (100%). Selection from a pebble terroir. Vine age: 60+ years. • CÔTES DU RHÔNE ROSÉ: Grenache, Cinsault. • CÔTES DU RHÔNE WHITE: Grenache (50%), Bourboulenc (15%), Clairette (15%), Viognier (10%), Roussanne (10%). Selection from sandy soils. • VIN DE PAYS DE LA PRINCIPAUTÉ D'ORANGE RED: Merlot/Syrah blend. Aged in barrels. • VIN DE PAYS DE LA PRINCIPAUTÉ D'ORANGE WHITE: Viognier (100%). A third is aged in barrels.
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