Tasted vis-a-vis the Beaucastel 99, this really shows the charm of Grenache; there is a core of sweetness here, that brings the wine through and the obnoxious modernity, that is Janasse, is gone. To me, this just looses out to the B.m to a more feminine palate, I am not so sure tonite ...
Light in color, fully mature, or even a little bit past fully mature as the fruit is slowing fading. The wine offers soft, bright cherries and is slightly herbaceous in character. This requires consumption sooner than later.
alcohol front in center on this wine. similar dynamic to this wine when prior bottle was consumed 5 or so years ago but with age other elements have faded more to the background making alcohol appear even more prominent. I like Christoph a lot but struggle w style of his wines.
Initially quite elegant and a pleasant surprise vis-a-vis the 2000. I bought these 99's on the (very) cheap, and the vintage has consistently (for other domains ad well) been a pleasant surprise. Janasse really needs time to loose the modern outfit, but the elegance is here, certainly, the wine is light in it's feet with red berries and garrigue and a smooth style with well integrated tannin - wonderful wine. Preferable to the 2000 until food arrives on the table and the mere power of the 2000 wins. Brought the rest of this 99 to Krimimesse 2014, and it was essentially dead - drink up, I think, is the safe advice. Dinner at home and with HDN in Horsens.
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