Domaine de la Janasse has been making high-quality wines in the Rhone Valley for over 50 years. In 1967, Aimé Sabon took over his father's vineyards and Domaine de la Janasse was created. In the early years, the vineyard area consisted of fifteen hectares. This has now grown to an area of 90 hectares. Most of the plots are located in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.
The vines have an age ranging from 40 to 90 years old. Due to this age and the strict pruning, the yield per vine is quite low. This results in highly concentrated, high quality grapes. The soil that holds the vines is characterized by large boulders and pebbles. Due to the spreading of the vineyards, each wine brings its own complexity. The top cuvées in particular are Chaupin and Vieilles Vinges. There are also wines which are released under the Côtes du Rhône label.
Today, the winery is run by Aimé's children, Christophe and Isabelle. They try to work as organically as possible in the vineyard. Despite the fact that the children are in charge, Aimé himself can often be found on the winery’s grounds. The vineyards are planted with a wide range of grape varieties, including Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Counoise and Carignan. The blends make for exciting wines! In the period from August to mid-October, the harvest is brought in, in several rounds. After de-stemming and fermentation, the wines are aged in French oak barrels. The maturation period differs per year and per cuvée, but this is usually 12 months.
Their success reached a peak in 2007 when the Vieilles Vignes cuvée was awarded 100 points by Robert Parker. The winery's best vintages are: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.Read more