Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2013


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“A great wine – from a difficult vintage – that shows the talent and hard work of this brother/sister pair, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape reveals a healthy ruby/purple color to go with perfumed notes of black and red raspberry, pepper, licorice and violets. Medium plus in body and elegant, with gorgeous purity and fine tannin, drink this terrific 2013 over the coming 8-10 years. Drink: 2015-2025. 91 points

These latest 2013 and 2014s from the brother/sister pair of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon are easily some of the finest wines in the vintages, with both vintages possessing impressive levels of fruit and texture. In addition to their stunning Châteauneuf du Papes (both red and white), their lineup of Côtes du Rhônes continues to knock it out of the park and represents superb value. Looking at the 2014s, these were harvest from September 15 to October 2. Even though this was a large crop, yields here were down over 20% due to dropped crop. As to the 2013s, these were harvested almost all in October and wrapped up over two weeks later than the 2014s, finishing on October 18. When asked which vintage he preferred, 2013 or 2014, Christophe couldn’t pick a favorite, but compared 2014 to 2004 and 2013 to 1999.”

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (221)