domaine de la janasse, chateauneuf-du-pape, vieilles vignes 2010
JEB DUNNUCK
99
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100

2010 domaine de la janasse, chateauneuf-du-pape, vieilles vignes

Why We're Buying

If you know Domaine De La Janasse for one thing, it's probably this wine. Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a flawless Rhône red blend with an expansive mouthfeel and whirlwind of red fruit flavors. In 2007 and 2010, wine critic Robert Parker gave it a 100-point rating, saying "I hope Châteauneuf du Pape enthusiasts can find some of this amazing wine!"

Critics Scores

JEB DUNNUCK
99

Jeb Dunnuck

More rich and voluptuous, yet with a similar level of purity and precision, the 2010 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes offers up loads of creamy blackberry, raspberry liqueur, melted licorice, wild flowers, and toasted spice nuances on the nose. Every bit as good on the palate, with a thrilling texture, full-bodied power, and gorgeous underlying structure and tannin, this knockout Châteauneuf-du-Pape stays light and elegant, with nothing out of place or over the top.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which achieved 16% natural alcohol, possesses an inky/purple color. It is slightly tighter and more restrained than the 2010 Chaupin, but it has enormous volume as well as incredible glycerin, richness and fat. A huge bouquet of pure blackberry and black currant fruit intermixed with charcoal, incense, truffles and spring flowers is followed by a prodigious, full-bodied wine that is capable of 20+ years of evolution. I hope Châteauneuf du Pape enthusiasts can find some of this amazing wine! (RP)

STEPHEN TANZER
96

Stephen Tanzer

Opaque purple. Fresh blueberry, cassis, incense, licorice and orange zest on the explosively perfumed nose. Broad and sweet, with potent black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors accompanied by notes of licorice and lavender pastille. Deeper and darker in profile than the Chaupin but just as energetic. Finishes with supple tannins and outstanding persistence, leaving a sappy blueberry note behind.

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

Dark and rich, with lush, fleshy layers of warm fig paste, blueberry coulis, bittersweet ganache and licorice root. A dark undertow of Turkish coffee rumbles through the finish. Shows plenty of muscular grip, and will need considerable cellaring to settle in fully.