The good grape
in the right place
Due to its fragmented structure -more than sixty plots- the area of La Janasse covers a mosaic of terroirs (see illustration). Thorough research on soil, exposure and microclimates helped to ideally organize the vineyard. White varieties and syrahs were preferably planted on sandy limestones, exposed eastward of the appellation in order to preserve freshness, acidity and fineness. Mourvedres were planted on clay-limestone soils covered with river rocks so as to reach perfect maturity.
The geographical scattering of different parcels brings great complexity to blending. It also legitimizes special cuvees like Chaupin, Les Garrigues, Terre d’Argile and terre de Bussières. For example, we produce Chaupin and Les Garrigues –100% grenache wines– as we are convinced that grenache reaches its full expression on cooler northern soils. On southern soils, generosity of the grenache must be balanced with mourvèdre and syrah.