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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 30 
ProducerDomaine de la Janasse (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationVieilles Vignes
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
UPC Code(s)805109140349

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2018 and 2042 (based on 22 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See La Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 96.7 pts. and median of 96 pts. in 36 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by czenda on 6/26/2015 & rated 98 points: What a nose ! Taste so elegant, balanced and soft. Meanwhile my best Chateauneuf du Pape. Tried half bottle for second day, but first day was mutch better. Magnificent (1385 views)
 Tasted by S1 on 4/12/2015: Blindly watching The Masters (Chez S1): Tasted just after 2010 Janasse Chaupin and just before 2010 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée. Decanted for two and a half hours. Of the seven wines on the tasting this was the favorite of no one and the least favorite most tasters (my least favorite). Right now this wine is a hot, bitter, dark-fruited, oaky mess. The fruit is muted; I get very little sense of place. Maybe it will come around at some point. I drank 2009 at the domaine in 2011 and absolutely loved it. I sure hope that time heals these wounds. (2641 views)
 Tasted by Wine Fool on 2/21/2015 & rated 99 points: This remains one of my benchmarks for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape and it continues to floor me. It is impressively dark in color; in fact, black and purple at the core. The nose is a tad tighter than I remember, though it retains much of the freshness and complexity of its youth. Full-bodied and thick in the mouth, the flavors of plums, red fruits, blood, and Provençal herbs fan out across the palate and persist for nearly a minute. The acidity is perfectly balanced so there is nothing grotesque or over extracted about this wine. Nice ripe tannins provide cut and grip. A masterpiece that seems to be a bit closed at the moment. And though it needs a little time to rest, it remains an impressively gorgeous wine. (2959 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 8/8/2014 & rated 98 points: Blasts off with a massive, multi-layered dose of fat layers with juicy, sexy fruits. The wine is about silk, ripeness and peppery spices. Tthis coats your mouth while delivering freshness and complexity that makes you think and drink. If you love Chateauneuf du Pape, you need to try a bottle. In the years to come, this could earn a higher score. (6000 views)
 Tasted by joshbryer on 5/30/2014: Obviously not to my taste, as I'm completely contrary to the notes here as well as others at the tasting....

Sweet red fruit on the nose, lots of heat. I felt this was a bit bretty as well. Total mess of a wine dominated by alcohol and muddled overripe, sweet flavors. (5877 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/1/2014 & rated 98 points: Wow, un vin qui frôle la perfection. Tout y est: structure, concentration, fraîcheur, longueur... L'équilibre d'un grand vin dans un grand millésime. (6901 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 1/29/2014 & rated 97 points: Un nez subtil et complexe, avec épices et menthol, fruit frais, garrigue...La bouche est moderne mais magnifique. C'est dense et frais, très concentré et élégant, profond et lonnnnnnng. Un vin spectaculaire comme le 2007. Je suis persuadé qu'il s'agit du 2010. Un grand vin, encore bien jeune mais déjà spectaculaire. 97 pts (6263 views)
 Tasted by Wine Fool on 10/7/2013 & rated 100 points: My birthday week is the perfect opportunity (or excuse?) to decant (one hour) another bottle. Black color lurks in the dusky purple robe. With swirling, a vibrant and complex nose emerges of black fruits, anise, rosemary, sage, pepper, coffee beans, dark chocolate and just a hint of funk. Broad and full-bodied, the wine coats the mouth with glycerin viscosity. The concentrated ripe fruit, coffee and olive flavors are huge, almost decadent, and are enlivened by juicy uplifting acidity. The long-lasting finish is rich and creamy and laced with plums, herbs, cocoa and minerals and the big and sweet tannins scarcely call attention to themselves. How can something this powerful be so seamless, effortless and balanced? This very young wine will surely get better with time, but even in its infancy it inspires awe. Happy birthday to me. 100 points. (And I still want 10 cases just for me!) (8140 views)
 Tasted by Capricorn on 9/28/2013 & rated 94 points: Although very enjoyable, I didn't find this bottle close to the 100 pt quality many described here. I didn't find much words about the nose here despite many praises. One note says the nose is shy, and I agree with that. The nose reveals more hay than anything. And it's kind of muted other than that. We decanted and drank it along the way for 3-4 hours. Nose still didn't open up. On the palate it's complex and balanced. Very smooth, especially at this stage. Nice enjoyable finish, but not that long. Maybe like the previous note suggested, it has entered a stage of deep sleep. Don't drink it now. (5633 views)
 Tasted by rnyrny79 on 9/8/2013 & rated 94 points: This wine is clearly entering a deep sleep closing down all its splendor. Still very good but nothing compared to the first bottle I drank in Jan 2013.

Do yourself a favor, do not touch this for the next 8-10 years!

If you want to get a hint of how this will evolve - then you should purchase a bottle of Domaine Julienne Reserve 2000 and open it. The level of power, elegance and complexity will be comparable (not the taste) and you will, with a smile, look forward to the day when the Janasse VV has morphed into a transcendent experience :-) (5739 views)
 Tasted by PinkMoonWinery on 8/29/2013 & rated 95 points: 55 years and 1 day: The old man and his wine (Double blind tasting) (Vinozeros - Winterthur): Tasted blind and the first reaction is clear: What up, CdP?

Popcorn, minerals, fresh cranberries and raspberries with red cherries on top. Classic Chateauneuf at it's best! (4025 views)
 Tasted by Wine Fool on 7/8/2013 & rated 100 points: This wine has it all--in spades! Decanted four hours. The color is very deep purple. Even after the long decant, the aromas emerge slowly with vigorous swirling. On display is the full panoply of primary scents—cherries, plums, violets, garrique, rosemary, licorice, sage, coffee and just the suggestion of animal. The flavors (again plums, cherries and coffee) are huge and deep and are balanced by cutting acidity and sweet tannins. This is some big stuff and the finish lasts a minute. Despite its size and weight the wine is neither heavy nor tiring. It remains lithe and lissome. Perfect. Wish I had ten cases just for myself. (6688 views)
 Tasted by MAXIMUM SATISFACTION on 7/4/2013 & rated 100 points: Inky black/purple color with an enormous nose of sage, menthol, hot tar, and black cherry. Mouth coating black fruits, anise, and meat drippings. Endlessly juicy finish…young perfection. Paired with Lindy and Grundy pork chops marinated in white wine and an assemble of sweet spices.

See more at
http://maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/54647315823 (5328 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 6/1/2013 & rated 95 points: Medium purple. Slightly reserved nose of black berries, licorice and cherry/kirsch, very fruity Grenache style. On the palate outstanding balance between gripping tannins, full body and fresh acidity, again the strength of the 2010 vintage comes through. Even the 15.5% alcohol CdP are not that heavy in 2010, great! RP gave this wine 100Pt., many readers on this website 96-100, I personally think this wine needs more aromatic complexity to score beyond 95pt; we'll see what the future brings. In any case, the wine has now closed down big time. I would not touch this until 2020. (5638 views)
 Tasted by _Xenon on 5/31/2013 & rated 96 points: Charming and elegant. I dont agree to the other authors which mention that this is a monster not ready to be consumed and enjoyed yet.

Of course it has more body and structure than a Chaupin and its a bit young with astringent aftertaste. But I think it can fully be enjoyed already now (preferably with food whereas I often enjoy the Chaupin with good company instead).

In addition I was not able to find any sharpness in this bottle, as opposed to the VV 2009. I am not sure whether this or the Chaupin is my favourite wine. I would recommend wine lovers being new to Janasse to taste both before making any buying decisions purely on tasting notes written here. I am happy to have both in my cellars.

On the other hand I dont favor the regular CdP of this winery.

After drinking this wine I was able to order 6 more of this for a thrilling 99 € / bottle. I dont think the VV and the Chaupin of 2009 and 2010 will decrease in price over next years. (5115 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 5/7/2013 & rated 95 points: Very very strong spices, black fruit fruit, licorice... very concentrated, powerful and extracted, high refreshing acidity (5791 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 4/17/2013 & rated 96 points: Too young but will develop greatness. Majestic wine! Blackish violet. Was opened by mistake, but instead of sulking we practiced gluttony :-)))
Dark Grenache tones with more aromas than I can describe run around in the nose. Including: fennel, garrigue, very dark cherries, tar, raw meat, bitter almonds and ... the smell of earth worms in the rain.
In the mouth this is a concentrated and mouth-staining wine of grande proportions. Great quality L+ tannins, M+ acids and a tight, well-behaved bitterness at the end. Superbly balanced, muscular and elegant. A restrained and disciplined power house.
Difficult to get too much of this one.
Score reflects the MUCH better showing after 36 hrs.
Only 2 btls left. Next one 2025-ish. (5154 views)
 Tasted by DarinC on 4/8/2013 & rated 94 points: Great concentration, structure, and purity of fruit. I'd wait at least 5 yrs to let this develop. Showed best after 2 hrs in the glass. 94+ (5082 views)
 Tasted by djdaqm on 3/16/2013 & rated 96 points: Decanted for about an hour prior to drinking. Almost no sediment. Very dark color. There is lots to like about the nose, and it changed quite a bit over the several hours consuming it. Lots of berry concentration along with sage and rosemary. High strung at the beginning, and it mellowed a bit over time. On the mouth this wine is quite astringent and tightly wound up. There was not as much fruit concentration as I was expecting, and it's clearly still coming together. It's a little backward now, with high tannin and acidity, and the fruit concentration hiding behind. High alcohol (15.5%), but that was largely concealed. Not seeing much yet in the way of secondary flavors and smells quite yet. With the concentration, tannins and acidity this wine should age tremendously and develop quite a bit. Still a baby, but interesting to taste at this stage if you have a few bottles. (5271 views)
 Tasted by rnyrny79 on 3/3/2013 & rated 98 points: Phenomenal wine!!!
This is one of the best wines I have ever tasted. Intoxicating complex nose offering truffle honey, an array of red and dark berries, touch of herbes de Provence and combined with an elegant sense of minirality. This is again offered on the palate with the exact amount of tannins keeping this wine in perfect balance. The wine was decanted for 6 hours before consumption and served at around 19-20 degrees Celcius.

A blockbuster wine with all the right elements for a perfect scores 7-10 years from now.

And the best part...I have 7 bottles left. (5233 views)
 Tasted by runch30 on 3/1/2013 & rated 98 points: Outstanding wine. Nose close to perfection. I would have liked a bit more complexity in the taste. But still one of the best wines I have tasted. (4827 views)
 Tasted by Cesar Riviere on 1/15/2013 & rated 100 points: La Janasse at The Oxford Wine Circle (Oxford University): Atta kind of a wine! I would have made the trip to Oxford solely to taste this natural beauty. It extremelly more powerful and even more compex than the Chaupin of the same vintage; this Janasse Vieilles Vignes 2010 just blew my senses away. Scientifically...it has everything you would like to get from Chateauneuf-du-Pape vieilles vignes, Period. (7587 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/5/2013 & rated 96 points: Beautiful dark fruits, chocolate, herbs and spices in the bouquet. On the palate beautifully ripe fruits, lovely sweetness and firm but beautiful acidity. Soft tannin with a good bite and a great length. Extremely well balanced wine. Needs time to show all its complexity and finesse. Try between 2018 and 2020. Around 2025 I would like to taste this wine again to see what the real potential is. 96++ for now. (1668 views)
 Tasted by etherscreen on 12/31/2012 & rated 97 points: took a few hours to really shine, but when it did....whoa! while i'm not a typical drinker of the s. rhone, this is utterly profound! immense complexity of soil, minerals, dark fruit, herbs, and grilled meats. seamless in the mouth. ripe, but never pruney or hot. nice dose of acid that is almost in complete contradiction to the level of ripeness to the fruit. great intensity and richness on the palate. finishes with dark fruits and dirt. very happy to have another bottle resting. (5775 views)
 Tasted by Supersnobs on 11/11/2012 & rated 100 points: First wine to me for a 100pts rating. This wine has everything. Tons of fruit, dazzling complexity, ripe as hell but with great acidity. On the nose there is red fruit, spices, meat and you cant stop smelling this beauty. It enters your pallet like a bulldozer. The acidity adds tension and makes this a complete wine thats will last many many years. Try to get this, while it's still affordable! (8504 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2013, IWC Issue #166
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #13 (10/1/2012)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2012, IWC Issue #160
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Domaine de la Janasse

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Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.

Vieilles Vignes

Old Vine/Vieilles Vignes (Wikipedia)


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.

### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

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"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )

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