2011 domaine de la janasse, chateauneuf-du-pape, chaupin
Why We're Buying
Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chaupin is the grenache that other wineries measure their wines by. It's a classic representation of the region with striking black fruit and mouthwatering ripeness. Wine critic Jeb Dunnuck commended the 2019 vintage, saying, "It's a tour de force in grenache that readers need to snatch up!"
Also superb and a knockout wine in the vintage, the 2011 Cuvée Chaupin boasts a rich, medium to full-bodied profile, as well as perfumed aromas of black cherry, licorice, sappy garrigue, and wild flowers. Layered, textured, and elegant, with building richness and plenty of underlying structure, it will benefit for a handful of years in the cellar, and shine for 10-12 years or more.
Bright kirsch, bitter cherry and pomegranate notes are lined with hints of shiso leaf and plum pit. Lively acidity holds the finish, while this fleshes out steadily in the glass, showing darker anise and blackberry notes, with subtle minerality. Best from 2014 through 2026.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from a cooler, sandy terroir in the northeastern part of the appellation, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin (which comes 80% from the Chaupoin lieu-dit and 20% from the La Janasse lieu-dit, hence the subtle name change) is 100% Grenache, from vines planted in 1912, that’s aged two-thirds in foudre and one-third in demi-muid. Gorgeous all around, with plenty of similarities to the traditional cuvee, yet slightly richer and fuller, it delivers beautiful mulled red and black fruits, licorice, spice and tinges of stony minerality on the nose. Full-bodied, supple, seamless and elegant, with fine tannin, it makes the most of a difficult vintage and is certainly one of the top 10-12 wines. Drink now-2023.