Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2006
This Cotes du Rhone Rouge is a great value from 50- to 60-year-old vines
50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault. The estate was founded in 1976 by Aime Sabon, the father of Christophe and Isabelle, who still oversees the vineyards. The property consists of 99 acres, spread over as many as 70 different parcels throughout the appellation. While Aime works in the vineyards, his children, Christophe and Isabelle, are in charge of wine production. Christophe is a self-proclaimed "great defender of Grenache," which still represents 75% of their vines. With assistance from Aime and Isabelle, he manages the common rusticity of Grenache-based wines through meticulous work in the vineyards and cellar.