Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition, Domaine de la Janasse

Country : France

Grape Varieties : Grenache; Syrah; Mourvèdre; Cinsault.

A high-end estate-bottled Chateauneuf-du-Pape from small family producer, Domaine de la Janasse. Deeply concentrated, ripe, spicy and structured, this classic red really packs a punch! Why is Chateauneuf so expensive? Taste it and see!

Tasting Note : Deep, dark colour, concentrated and spicy on the nose with aromas of violet. On the palate the wine is silky and refined in texture, with deeply concentrated blackberry, blackcurrant and spice. The finish is structured, long and elegant.

Food Pairing : Roast beef or lamb, hearty stews, game, fillet steak. A great dinner party wine, but only if your guests will appreciate it!

More info : From 10 hectares of vineyards in the North of the area, this Chateauneuf-du-Pape is produced from 65% old vine Grenache, with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault also in the blend. Only 20% of the wine is aged in barrel (for 12 months), the rest in vat, allowing the pure flavours of the grapes to shine through. Blending of grape varieties is the essence of Chateauneuf-du-Pape – 13 different varietals are permitted here! The hot sun and poor, stony soils result in very ripe and healthy grapes, but it takes the skill of the Sabon family in the vineyard to control the yields, ensuring the grapes are not overripe; hand-sorting after harvest guarantees only the best grapes are used in the wine.

Winery : Aime Sabon took over his father's vineyard in 1967, and since then has made it his mission to expand his vineyards to make the most of the excellent soils of the area. The estate has grown from the original 15 hectares to 90 today. Since then, Aime has been joined by son Christophe and daughter Isabelle, who have developed the range and been instrumental in the export of their wines throughout the world.

The Sabon family are careful to limit the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides and use natural manure. The hard work they put into the vineyard, including de-budding and green pruning to keep yields down, delivers its rewards in the fabulous quality of their wines.