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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 2007

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RP 95, WS 94

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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne:
Over the last decade, Jean-Paul Daumen, proprietor/winemaker at Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, has emerged as one of France’s most compelling wine producers. He is a driven man that will sacrifice anything for quality in his wines. For example, in the rain soaked 2002 vintage he harvested only 50% of the crop, and then rejected half of that. One-fourth of a crop does not make economic ... Read more
Over the last decade, Jean-Paul Daumen, proprietor/winemaker at Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, has emerged as one of France’s most compelling wine producers. He is a driven man that will sacrifice anything for quality in his wines. For example, in the rain soaked 2002 vintage he harvested only 50% of the crop, and then rejected half of that. One-fourth of a crop does not make economic sense, but Jean-Paul has his eye on a much longer-term goal. All his wines are labours of love. Jean-Paul farms 10 hectares in Northern Chateauneuf-du-Pape and 5 hectares in Cotes du Rhone “lieu-dit Clavin” for Vieille Julienne, including the ancient vines his family planted at the turn of the century– all biodynamically. Daumen’s winemaking philosophies are remarkably simple – old vines, tiny yields of around 20 hectoliters per hectare, no SO2 during vinification, aging in neutral tanks or wood, and bottling without fining or filtration — and they combine to give Vieille Julienne’s wines their distinctive character. “I strive to find the best practices rather than set myself a goal in terms of a finished product. All of my decisions are made for the future. What motivates me is to install our wines in the long run, even if the path is longer, more complicated and difficult. We have the distinction of being located exclusively on terraces in the northern part of the appellation Châteauneuf du Pape and this site provides freshness, balance, depth and minerality naturally- from there one must understand and respect the context of the vintage. This is important if one seeks the right balance.” -Jean-Paul Daumen Source: http://vinconnect.com/wineries/vieille-julienne/ Read less

External Reviews for Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/26/2010

Very ripe, but focused and pure, with a gorgeous core of crushed plum, pastis and raspberry ganache notes stitched together with long, velvety tannins. Spice, fruitcake and melted licorice notes echo through the superlong finish. Drink now through 20... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/01/2009

While the beautiful 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is already accessible, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for two decades or more. It exhibits an inky/ruby/purple color, a great texture, and a gorgeous nose of boysenberries, bl... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

A tight, tannic wine, with potential for aging. Already has a complex aroma, but the stiff texture and intense fruit will need time to open up for maximum enjoyment. Currant, black cherry, cedar, earth and spice flavors make it fascinating to sip. Best to cellar until 1998.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits a dense purple color as well as an expressive bouquet of black currants, licorice, kirsch, meat juices, and hints of spice box as well as lavender. Full-bodied, opulent, rich, and stunningly concentrated, it is one of the vintagersquo;s finest efforts. This beauty should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 15+ years. Always one of my favorite Chateauneuf du Pape estates to visit, proprietor Jean-Paul Dauman has made Domaine de la Vielle Juienne a brilliant reference point for this appellation. These are traditionally made, extraordinarily concentrated Chateaneuf du Papes created from old vine, biodynamically farmed sites and made from minuscule yields, hands off, no SO2 during vinification and aged in neutral tanks or old wood.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/30/2011

The core is opaque, the color deep and dark. This is an incredible wine which walks the tightrope of full extraction while maintaining a sense of structure and avoiding a tannic presence or jamminess. Flavors of dark fruit and kirsch are intertwined ... Chuck Hayward. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Very ripe, but focused and pure, with a gorgeous core of crushed plum, pastis and raspberry ganache notes stitched together with long, velvety tannins. Spice, fruitcake and melted licorice notes echo through the superlong finish. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A great core of fig, blackberry and black currant fruit, with racy acidity and fine-grained tannins that are the hallmark of 2004, this shows flashes of graphite, spice and mineral on the long, precise finish. Big step up from the 2003. Best from 2007 through 2026.


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