1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Janasse

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Average critic rating : 94.0 points



Rock-star stuff, especially in the vintage, the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is full-bodied and concentrated, yet shows the focused, fresh style of the vintage. Smoked earth, tobacco, spice and kirsch and blackberry-styled fruits are present in spades, and it opens up in the glass, showing some maturity, yet enough depth and richness to continue to hold for another 4-5 years. ||One of the benchmark estates in the Rhone Valley, Domaine de la Janasse is run by the talented brother/sister pair of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon. Located in the northeastern portion of the region, near Courthezon, they produce an incredible range of wines, from their Vin de Pays, to their Cotes du Rones and world-class Chateauneuf du Papes, all of which are noteworthy. For this tasting, we started with the 1990s and went up through their 2007s. At this point, the ‘98s through the 2004s are all in varying degrees of full maturity, and drinking brilliantly. In addition, it’s also worth pointing out that these wines have the fruit and texture to dish out immense pleasure in their youth, so don’t be afraid to crack these new releases either. Both of the 1999s were drinking beautifully, and are up near the top of the vintage. Moving to the 2000s, I found that from this point forward, the wines started to show more freshness and vibrancy. Looking specifically at this vintage, these are still mature wines, yet they’re drinking beautifully. eRobertParker.com.August, 2014


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