2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de la Janasse

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The Vieilles Vignes cuvée is made up of four different plots, each with its own distinctive terroir adding complexity to the ensemble. Most of the vines are from 1940 and 1965, with the youngest 20 percent from 1976 and 1993. The blend is 80 percent Grenache, 15 percent Mourvèdre, three percent Syrah and two percent unattributed. The wine is, as usual, superb, with an evocative garrigue nose and a palate which somehow marries a dark-chocolate plush with an almost ethereal, poetic finish. Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer Christophe Sabon took us on the most fascinating vineyard tour in October 201