At Domaine de la Janasse last week I believe I may have tasted the very best CDP ever to pass my lips to date. Courtesy of the great generosity of wine maker Isabelle Sabon who seems happy to open such rare beasts for our tour guests ( long may it continue), I sampled the “one off” cuvee which goes by the name “XXL”, 2007 vintage and only two demi muid barrels made, 1300 bottles. Just bottled a few weeks back. Wow!!..was this incredible…meat, game, tar and reglise on the nose, a huge porty wine with garrigue herb and lashings of super concentrated black fruits, powerful but balanced and already smooth, rich and velvet like in texture. Amazing. Farr Vintners have it on their list at over €3000 per case, dealers in the US have it on their lists at €350 per bottle ….not that surprising when you hear that Parker gave it 98-100 points , just a sliver behind the legendary 2007 Jacques Perrin Beaucastel. Heres what the man had to say ( and thank you Isabelle it was a very special treat):
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (185), February 2010
To be bottled in February, 2010, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape XXL is a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre. It reminds me of what Henri Bonneau’s utterly perfect 1990 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins tasted like at two years of age. It has all the characteristics of the Janasse Vieilles Vignes in addition to a slightly later harvest and riper character. It gives the impression of having residual sweetness, but that is not the case as the appellation of Chateauneuf du Pape will declassify any wine with more than 0.3 grams per liter of residual sugar. The glycerin level is high, and the alcohol content must be around 16.5% as this offering is incredibly massive, rich, and obviously meant for long-term aging. I can’t wait to taste it out of bottle. There are only two demi-muids, which works out to about 2,000 bottles, so the lucky few who have an opportunity to purchase it, should not pass it up.
Score: 98-100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (185), February 2010