2017 Chateuneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
By Domaine de la Janasse
2017 Chateuneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes by Domaine de la Janasse, Rhone
Within the audacious repertoire of Rhone triumphs, the 2017 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes from Domaine de la Janasse stands out as a particularly compelling proposition for discerning wine investors. Here is a wine whose stunning complexity and charismatic composition reflects the laudable execution of courageous viticultural techniques under taxing climatic conditions.
Deft Hand Culls Distinct Result
Vieilles Vignes, denoting ‘old vines,’ is anything but a misnomer — these robust vignerons are typically more than half a century old, lending a seasoned depth to the resultant wine that is both rare and commendable. Imbibed within this prestigious selection from Domaine de la Janasse, their chronicle gloriously sings; each glass, a fluent execution of enological alchemy.
At every swirl and sip, your senses tarry at the altar of Grenache, with resonant hits of Mourvedre and Syrah setting the stage for a delightful - if somewhat daunting - journey into the heart of Rhone's terroir.
A Vintage that Wears Its Ward Against Nature
The unique character of the 2017 vintage must be duly celebrated. The Rhone valley was exposed to sudden temperature spikes above seasonal norms; a climate kerfuffle navigated and mitigated by diligent cultivators at Domaine de la Janasse. This audacious endeavour transpires in the wine's ripe richness, as nature’s disposition to fluctuate unpredictably was finessed into an enriching guise.
In this illustrious concerto for the palate, each tasting note plays in harmony with the next: figs and black berries pirouette with an earthy chorus of licorice, leather and spices, orchestrated by a minerality that acts as the ensemble's conductor. The finale leaves a prolonged echo of matured dark chocolate and peppered plum on the palate; a standing ovation.
The 2017 Chateuneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes from Domaine de la Janasse is much more than an indulgence for the senses, it also stands as a resolute testament to Rhone resilience. An ode to both history and future — one that will do well in any discerning investor's cellar.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes derives from parcels planted on classic clay and galets roulés soils. It's 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% other varieties. Tight, intense, even clenched, it's in need of several years' cellaring before it becomes truly enjoyable to drink. For now, those gorgeous black cherries are restrained behind a firm wall of tannins. Full-bodied and rich, this is ripe, it just requires patience.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 2019