Chateau de Janicon Left Bank Bordeaux Graves AOC 2013
By International Wine Report
CHÂTEAU DE JANICON Graves 2013
Report Date: March, 2014
Producer: Château de Janicon
Suggested Price: $65
Drinking Window: 2015-2020
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
The 2013 Château de Janicon is sourced from 30-year-old vines, which are planted to Garonne Gravel on a clay-flint subsoil. As it opens in the glass it begins to release aromas of bright cherry and raspberry woven together with tobacco, spices and wet stones. It possesses a medium weight body, backed by fine silky tannins before ending with a mineral laced finish. This is a solid effort that should contunie to show well for the next few years. (Best 2015-2020) - March, 2015 (JD)
By Serge Dore Selections
Chateau de Janicon 2013 AOC Graves
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
On a rich and gravelly soil covered with round pebbles (the so-called graves) Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines plunge their roots deep into the clay-flint subsoil of AOC Graves, the only French appellation to carry the same name as its terroir. Chateau de Janicon stands on deep gravel soils in the north of the appellation. The mineral structure of these soils is the result of river deposits over time. The gravel retains heat, helping the fruit reach full maturity and letting excess water drain down into the clay-flint subsoil, allowing the vine to hydrate itself during dry summers. It also makes the vine push its roots deep into the ground, leading to superb fruit. Cabernet contributes deep aromas and elegant tannic structure, while Merlot brings more subtle aromas of fresh red fruits, hints of spices and a supple elegance, and the little dose of Petit Verdot ties it all together nicely.
About the Winemaker
A true visionary, Andre Vincent sold his small property in Saint-Estephe in 1988 to buy Chateau Grand Bos (where Chateau de Janicon’s vines are allocated from), not much more than a parcel of wines and a few hectares of woodland at the time. He replanted the forest with vines after a soil analysis showed prime conditions for them, renovated the winery and purchased a few hectares of very old vines to infuse a touch of class and elegance in the wine. His first vintage was 1992, and his daughter Marie Vincent Rochet now runs the show., with a dedication to environmental sustainability.
Varieties: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
Age of Vines: 30 years old
Vineyards: 74 acres at Chateau Grand Bos (15 of which are dedicated to Chateau de Janicon red) of clay-flint soils with many small rounded rocks (the graves that give their name to the appellation).
Yield: 49 hl/ha
Aging: 50% in stainless steel tanks, 50% in oak barrels for 12 months.
Imported by Serge Dore Selection