Maybe this is not a fair comparison but the 2007 absolutely destroys this wine but then the 2007 also got 100 points from Robert Parker. The fruit simply is not as expressive at I expect from the Janasse VV. Tannins are a bit muddy and backbone structure is a bit harsh.
This wine will likely improve in a few years right now find 2009 for about a few dollars more or spring some serious cash for the 2007.
Amazing achievement for this vintage. Great purity of fruit, displaying dark plum and boysenberry flavors. Finishes with elements of kirsch and smoked meat. After a few hours, it really opens up with sandalwood and lavender aromas. Love, love, love this wine.
Beautiful now after an hour or two decant. Cherry over the strong mineral Grenache that those old vine roots produce. Then a touch of spice and that marvelous lavender aroma and she is in super fine form. Such a consistently good producer.
This has improved quite a bit from my last bottle 2yrs ago. Splash decanted for 2hrs. Nose of red fruit liquor and sandalwood. Palate adds a little spice to the red fruit, still very primary. Lengthy finish. Nice cut to the palate despite the liquor quality, and coarse tannins are still present. Drink or hold. Good purity of fruit. 92-93
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(Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes) This cuvée is 70% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, with 10% Syrah, the vines aged 80-100 years. Ripe, with smoky cherry fruit. A good supple quality, perhaps a touch more savoury than the other wines here. A good grip and structure to it, lots of tannins, and a less confit style of fruit here too. Still a very big wine though, with a very full-on character. Good.
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