Sunday, June 16, 2019

Domaine de la Janasse Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf du Pape, 1989

 labelThis mature Chateauneuf was a perfect accompaniment to an excellent Father's Day feast featuring grilled New Zealand lamb chops and sauteed cilantro and garlic potatoes. Compared to the 1989 Domaine Pegau Cuvee Reservee I had a few weeks ago, it is definitely a more mature wine but with equally deep and concentrated aromas and flavors.

Relatively dark for a 30-year-old Grenache-based wine, but there are oxidative notes that are most apparent right after the wine is opened. After a couple of hours in the decanter and glass, the fruit begins to open--dried cherries, sea salt and red berries. Deep and concentrated flavors with a long finish. Everything you expect from old Grenache vines that are well situated in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation.

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