92pts, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages Terre d'Argile is an equal-parts blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. It's a full-bodied, silky-textured wine with bright acids that can rival many Châteauneuf-du-Papes. Dusty, earthy notes and dried spices accent cherry-berry fruit and then pick up classy hints of licorice on the lingering finish.

92pts, James Suckling
Some poached strawberries, raspberries, dark fruit, garrigue herbs and iodine-like savoriness. The super-pure acidity and tannins are intertwined around ripe, fleshy blackberries. Coal smoke through the minerally finish. Drink or hold.

92pts, Jeb Dunnuck
Bottled in March of this year, the 2016 Côtes du Rhône villages Terre D'Argile sports a deep purple color as well as a fresh, elegant, classy style in its cassis, crushed violets, spice, and mineral. It's full-bodied, has beautiful purity, fine tannins, and a pure, clean, straight style. It's going to age gracefully as well.

91pts, Wine Spectator
Ripe and fresh, with a racy feel to the raspberry and cassis fruit that forms the core, laced liberally with anise and violet notes. A light graphite edge gives the finish good contrast. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases imported.

90pts, Wine Enthusiast
Equal proportions of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah lend spicy, earthen complexity to juicy black-cherry and berry tones in this wine. While plump and primary in style, it's intensely concentrated and balanced by fresh acidity and gripping tea tannins on the finish. Enjoy now through 2022.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Rhone Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Côte du Rhône Villages
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

If you couldn't tell, we’re completely enamored with Domaine de la Janasse. And for good reason! The immense quality from this impeccable estate is undeniable. Our critic friends are in our corner on this one too. Today’s Côte du Rhône Villages Terre d’Argile “can rival many Châteauneuf-du-Papes” as Wine Advocate says in their 92pt review. And boy, for our price? Under $20 for a wine crafted from vineyards neighboring CdP that’s basically CdP, but way more affordable? You bet you’re in for a treat today! 

The vineyard source for this wine is located north of Courthézon, which is about a stone’s throw from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Here the gravelly, red clay soils are similar to those found in CdP and the vineyard is planted at a similar elevation and aspect. It’s no surprise it drinks like a CdP (just without the price, of course!).

Full bodied, racy yet silky with vibrant acidity, it’s bursting with notes of raspberries, black currants and black cherries with layers of earth, violets, garrigue, anise, baking spice and minerals. Super clean, a long finish and ready to savor now or keep for a couple more years.

92pts from Advocate, Suckling and Dunnuck, 91pts from Spectator and 90pts from Enthusiast, this is an outstanding Côte du Rhône that you’d be hard pressed to find anything better at this quality and price. $19! $114 a 6-pack with shipping included. While it lasts, friends, which it shouldn’t if you’re snappy with those fingers.

TASTING NOTES 

Full bodied, racy yet silky with vibrant acidity, it’s bursting with notes of raspberries, black currants and black cherries with layers of earth, violets, garrigue, anise, baking spice and minerals.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Aimé, the founder

In 1967, Aimé Sabon came back from his military service. He took over his father’s vines, who used to take his grapes to the wine cooperative.

In 1973, Aimé built his own cellar. Domaine de la Janasse was born and named after the family farm that was in Courthézon, in the locality of “La Janasse”. Aimé was ambitious. He knew he had fabulous soil and he wanted to expand the estate by acquiring new plots. From 15 hectares at the very beginning, La Janasse has now reached more than 90 hectares.

From father to children

In 1991, after a technical diploma in viticulture and oenology in Beaune, and another one in marketing in Mâcon, Christophe Sabon –Aimé’s eldest son– came back to La Janasse where he was given the keys to the cellar. From then different cuvees were developed, new markets conquered. In 2001, Isabelle –Aimé’s daughter– graduated as an oenologist from the University of Toulouse, and joined the team. With Hélène, Aimé’s wife, the family was reunited again in La Janasse.