2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tradition, Domaine de la Janasse

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The blend of the Tradition is 70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre; the vines are located on seven different parcels, mainly located to the east of the appellation, both north and south of the winery in Couthezon. The 2012 is an outstanding effort, its nose of forest floor, cassis and tapenade followed by a juicy and forward mid-palate, infused with herbs and an alchemical dose of the famous Sabon savoir faire. Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer Brother and sister tam of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon have taken Janasse into the pantheon of greats, seemingly by not doing very much at