2012 Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Reserve

WINE NOTES: "Farming Practice: Practicing organic and biodynamic. 10 to 60 years vine age. Aged 12 months in foudre. This reserve blend is a custom cuvee made exclusively for the U.S. market. This special bottling of Cotes du Rhone "Reserve" is from low yielding older vines on the Janasse Estate." - Importer WINEMAKER: "Domaine de la Janasse has quickly become one of the Superstar estates of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Led by the dynamic Christophe Sabon, the estate combines the best of both traditional and modern techniques to craft a collection of truly riveting wines from "simple" value-priced VDP’s to benchmark Chateauneufs." "The estate was founded in 1976 by Aime Sabon, Christophe's father, who still oversees the vineyards and farms organically. The property consists of 40 Hectares, spread over as many as 70 different parcels throughout the appellation." "While Aime works in the vineyards, his son, Christophe Sabon, is in charge of wine production. Christophe is a self-proclaimed "great defender of Grenache," which still represents 75% of their vines. He manages the common rusticity of Grenache-based wines through meticulous work in the vineyards and cellar. The result is a wide range of lavishly ripe, extracted Chateauneuf-du-Papes and Cotes-du-Rhones that are complex and yet balanced with acidity -- often in contradiction to an appellation better known for sheer exuberance and power. As Robert Parker points out: "The young and talented Christophe Sabon continues to display the sure-handed touch of a veteran winemaker"." - Importer [+]