1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Chaupin, Domaine de la Janasse
This fully mature Chateauneuf is an absolute stunner. Grown following organic principles, and from low yielding old Grenache vines, the concentrated and robust youthful characteristics have evolved into something rather more mellow and gentle. There is still some dark fruit in evidence, with sweet cherry to the fore, but it is the roasted herb, pepper and slightly earthy characters that really give this wine its character. A wine to be drunk in the next couple of years.