I am delighted to announce that the famed Chateauneuf du Pape estate Domaine de la Janesse will become part of our network this year. This large estate producing nearly 250,000 bottles annually ( though only a small part of this is CDP) has risen through the ranks over the last 20 years to the very top bracket. Consistently lauded by the critics ( et moi: see last year’s blog entry on their marvelous Terre Argiles Cotes du Rhone) this is an estate run by the Sabon family…the picture is of Isabelle Sabon..which oozes class yet without overt pretension or fuss. Not only are the CDP’s top class - their Chaupin cuvee was placed in the top 4 of 200 CDPs from the 2007 vintage tasted blind in this month’s Decanter magazine - but their extensive CDR holdings on the right of the A7 route de soleil that marks the eastern flank of the appellation ( next to Beaucastel’s Coudelet) produce probably the best Cotes du Rhone range in the area, the aforementioned Terre Argiles, the Garrigue, a tradition CDR, a vin de pays and two whites including a 100% viognier. By the way the Decanter tasting note for the Chaupin read: “Intense, touch of smoke, tobacco,black fruits and sweet spices. Dry, full bodied,soft tannins,lots of fruit and spices. The finish is long with refreshing acidity…drink from 2015. 18.9/20.00″ A near perfect note! We look forward to taking La Madelene guests to visit Isabelle and the Janesse estate later this spring.