domaine de la janasse, chateauneuf-du-pape, chaupin 2016
JEB DUNNUCK
99
WINE SPECTATOR
95

2016 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!"

Critics Scores

JEB DUNNUCK
99

Jeb Dunnuck

Bottled end of February/early in March, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin is incredible stuff, and while I suspect it’s the best vintage to date, it’s going to be great comparing it to bottles of the 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2015 over the coming 15+ years. This beauty offers a thrilling blend of kirsch, blackberries, smoked earth, graphite, and licorice on the nose. It's full-bodied, deep, pure, ultra-fine, and powerful on the palate and flirts with perfection. It’s a tour de force in Grenache that readers need to snatch up!

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

Delightful plum, raspberry and blackberry compote flavors form the core, with racy, graphite-edged structure running underneath. Dark anise and tobacco notes check in throughout. The long finish lets the fruit linger. Best from 2020 through 2034.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
97

Wine Enthusiast

Freshness and hints of violet, smoke and earth elevate this full-bodied, plump yet pristine Grenache. Blackberry and cherry flavors are ripe and mouthwatering, edged by sunny acidity and a thrilling crush of minerals. The forward, juicy demeanor is irresistible already but tightly wound tannins should meld and improve It should peak through 2030.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The terrific 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin has lived up to my expectations from last year's visit. It's 100% Grenache, includes some parcels planted back in 1912, and half was vinified with stems. From sandy sites, it showcases the ability of Grenache to ripen fully yet retain a sense of elegance and lightness. It's full-bodied and velvety but also vibrant, with black cherry fruit and hints of chocolate balanced by incredibly silky tannins and freshness on the finish. Really impressive stuff.