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99 Points: The Monumental 2016 Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf— “A Tour de Force” - 06/10/2019 - Rhone Valley

Among the top Châteauneufs produced in the historic 2016 vintage, the 99-point 2016 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" is a must-have for any collector. Jeb Dunnuck was so impressed he wrote, “I suspect it’s the best vintage to date.” This is quite the claim when one considers just how epic the ‘05, ‘07, and ‘10 vintages were — wines that now sell in the $125 range. This 2016 is arguably among the finest expressions of Grenache from any vintage. Fresh and bold, it never holds back, offering a hedonistic thrill ride that will bring you back again and again. Sourced from some of the finest old-vine plots in Châteauneuf, its pedigree is undeniable. Wines with this kind of universal critical acclaim are never around for long, so buying on pre-arrival is the surest way to secure the bottles you want. Buy a case and enjoy this truly singular effort over the next twenty-plus years. We simply can’t stress it enough, this is a wine you don’t want to miss.

2016 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) - -5 available ($79.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Bottled end of February/early in March, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin is incredible stuff, and while I suspect its the best vintage to date, its going to be great comparing it to bottles of the 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2015 over the coming 15+ years. This beauty offers a thrilling blend of kirsch, blackberries, smoked earth, graphite, and licorice on the nose. It's full-bodied, deep, pure, ultra-fine, and powerful on the palate and flirts with perfection. Its a tour de force in Grenache that readers need to snatch up!" (08/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The terrific 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin has lived up to my expectations from last year's visit. It's 100% Grenache, includes some parcels planted back in 1912, and half was vinified with stems. From sandy sites, it showcases the ability of Grenache to ripen fully yet retain a sense of elegance and lightness. It's full-bodied and velvety but also vibrant, with black cherry fruit and hints of chocolate balanced by incredibly silky tannins and freshness on the finish. Really impressive stuff. (JC)" (08/2018)

93-95 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby. An expansive, complex bouquet evokes cherry liqueur, blueberry, incense and candied flowers, along with a smoky mineral nuance that builds in the background. Shows outstanding depth and energy to the red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors, which become more lively and gain sweetness with aeration. Closes on a suave lavender pastille note, offering rounded, even tannins and emphatic, blue-fruit-driven persistence. (JR)" (07/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Delightful plum, raspberry and blackberry compote flavors form the core, with racy, graphite-edged structure running underneath. Dark anise and tobacco notes check in throughout. The long finish lets the fruit linger. (JM)" (06/2018)

95 points James Suckling: "This is a profound expression of grenache with brambly, red fruit wrapped in wild herbs and flowers. Fresh, yet deeply ripe and expressive. The really succulent, deep and fresh tannins are a feature. Power with elegance! Brilliant. Pure grenache on sandy soil, from three parcels of vines, aged between 80 and 100 years." (08/2018)