Saturday, February 11, 2012

Domaine Janasse of Chateauneuf Du Pape

Country: France

Region: Rhone

Subregion: Chateauneuf Du Pape

Production: Approx. 3,000 cases imported into the United States every vintage year.

Grape: 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvedre

Crate design: Domaine Janasse is one of a handful of French wineries that brand their crates on the long side. It's a beautiful picture of the winery and Chateau. It also has color embossed lettering, and the same picture is on the short front side as well. It's just smaller.

Rarity: Very Rare. Just over 1,000 cases are made on average. At least half of the cases stay in France. The rest are shipped out worldwide.

Crate designation: Collector's Class ($35.00)

Our opinion/history: Domaine Janasse, like the vast majority of Chateauneuf Du Pape wineries are spectacular. Grown in the ancient fields of Southern Rhone, the vines date back to before Jesus Christ. The winemaking in this region is more like a religion than a profession, and the term "Chateauneuf Du Pape" translates from French to English as: Home of the Pope. The Vatican; up until fairly modern times owned this part of France, and sacramentalized the wine.

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