Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf du Pape 2016
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Domaine de la Janasse|
A balanced Châteauneuf wine, with notes of black fruit (blackberry, blackcurrant), combined with aromas of violet, lining a long and silky mouth, nervous. Ample and structured sensations will do wonders on dishes and grilled meat simmered, lamb roasts with herbs or beef stew. Enjoy it within the next twenty years.
A lovely beam of cassis and dark plum fruit streams through, laced with anise and graphite notes and driving into a sage brush-accented finish. Shows the ripe, focused, racy feel of the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2030. 1,500 cases imported.
The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits more dark fruit than I would've expected, with black cherries, black olives and tar all mingling on the nose. In the mouth, the blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault is full-bodied, rich and velvety, with a lush, lingering finish. Easy to drink now, it should age for at least a decade just on its sheer concentration and ripeness.