Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019
With an ample and structured substance, this cuv e is well-balanced, whose notes of black fruits (blackberry, blackcurrant), combined with aromas of violets, cover a long and silky mouth, all in nerve. Pair this wine alongside dishes based on grilled and simmered meat, leg of lamb with herbs, or stewed beef Thrilling in fruit purity and delicately mineral, the standard label or “tradition” bottling of Ch teauneuf-du-Pape from La Janasse is a consistent out performer of its peer class. A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Cinsault matured with a minimal amount of new oak, its throbbing black cherry and plum flavors are powerful yet pristine. Flecked with hints of crushed salt and smoke, it’s a silken, delicately tannic sip at peak now-2027 but likely to hold further. Full but not heavy, all very well integrated and well balanced. A powerful wine, that has everything in quantity: fruit, freshness, tannin, focus, alcohol and length. A muscle car of a Ch teauneuf. I loved the 2019 Ch teauneuf Du Pape, a classic Southern Rh ne readers will love to have in their cellars. Medium to full-bodied, incredibly elegant, and even pretty, it has textbook red and black fruits, peppery garrigue, violets, and spice-like aromas and flavors. It’s always interesting when tasting through the wines from this estate to see the change in the tannins and just overall level of elegance when you move from their C tes du Rh ne to their Ch teauneuf du Papes, and this is unquestionably worth seeking out and cellaring. It can be drunk any time over the coming 20 years.