Almost always one of the top wines in any vintage, the 2001 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is no exception. A blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest a blend of Mourvèdre and assorted varieties, from vines averaging 60-100+ years old, this cuvee is aged 75% in old foudres, and 25% in oak barrels, of which roughly have are new. While decidedly modern tasting a few years ago, the wine is starting to show its southern Rhone soul with touches of spice, licorice, and garrigue seeping into what was once a very fruit driven wine. Full bodied on the palate and simply superbly built, with loads of structure, serious concentration, and a massive finish, this awesome effort should continue to evolve positively for 3-5 years, and drink well for a decade or more after that.
The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is still opaque and deeply colored, with killer blackcurrants, smoked meats, orange-tinged chocolate, roasted herbs and serious minerality all soaring from the glass. Just at the early stages of full maturity, this full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated effort should be consumed over the coming 4-6 years. (JD)
Here is a wine that shows the serious side of Châteauneuf. While the fruit is certainly huge, what is equally apparent is the restrained power and the rich, concentrated tannins. (RV)
Blockbuster Châteauneuf--rich and thick yet loyal to local customs with its traditional emphasis on plum, leather, wet earth, cedar, tobacco, coffee and mineral. A wine like none other--and unhindered by some modernistic oak treatment. Fabulously authentic stuff. *Highly Recommended* (PM)
Ruby-red. Roasted red plum, cherry liqueur and grilled meat on the nose; superripe but not over the top. Then thick, sweet, deep and young, with a compelling flavor of creme de cassis Powerful, dense, classic grenache en surmaturite Finishes with explosive length and lush, very fine tannins. Amazingly ripe, but wears its high alcohol gracefully. (ST) 93+
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