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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 2007

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RP 95, WS 94

3.593786407767 5 0.5
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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
Vintage: 2012 08/24/2015

The 2012 Côtes du Rhône Lieu Dit Clavin is gorgeous, and gives a touch of the estate’s style for less buck than the Châteauneufs. Blackberry, graphite, licorice and violets all show here. It’s medium+-bodied, fleshy and ripe, with good underlying structure. It will have over a decade of longevity.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 08/24/2015

Brilliant ruby. Potent red berry and floral scents are complemented by deeper notes of licorice, cola and espresso, with a stony nuance adding lift and focus. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of candied lavender. Smooth tannins add shape to the long, fruit-driven finish of this suave wine.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 03/27/2013

The Domaine de la Vieille Julienne estate cuvees begin with the 2010 Cotes du Rhone Clavin. These 80+-year old vines were cropped at 25 hectoliters per hectare, resulting in a dense purple-colored 2010 with lots of blueberry, black raspberry, kirsch, smoked herb, lead pencil shavings and spring flower notes. This full-bodied Cotes du Rhone is more similar to a Chateauneuf du Pape than most wines from this humble appellation.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 03/27/2013

Vibrant red and dark berry aromas are complemented by deeper notes of licorice and cola. Spicy and sharply focused, with very good depth and vivacity to its raspberry and mulberry flavors. The tangy finish displays very good clarity and persistence. These vines are located right next to this estate’s Chateauneuf plantings.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 09/29/2016

This captures terrific ripeness, intensity and density with stunning mouthfeel, as layer upon layer of fig sauce, braised plum, cassis, cherry eau de vie and pastis glide along together, with notes of spice, ganache and graphite hanging in reserve. The very long finish has cut and precision, despite its weight. Should age effortlessly. Best from 2014 through 2035. 2,300 cases made. –JM - Wine Spectator 95 Points The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape from the domaine has turned out much better than I predicted last year. A blend of 70% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Counoise, Mourvedre and Cinsault from the very northern sectors of Chateauneuf du Pape, on terraces just north of Chateau Cabrieres and Domaine Mas de Boislauzon, this deep purple wine has a gorgeous nose of fresh blueberries and kirsch, with almost meaty, chewy richness, loads of glycerin, full body, stunning concentration and purity. It was bottled in May and should have 15 or more years of aging potential. - Robert Parker 94 Points Vivid ruby. Powerful aromas of black and blue fruits, lavender and Indian spices, with an exotic touch of apricot. Deeply pitched blackberry and blueberry flavors show excellent concentration and vibrancy. Finishes sweet and seamless, with the blackberry and floral notes repeating. - Stephen Tanzer 92 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 02/26/2014

This captures terrific ripeness, intensity and density with stunning mouthfeel, as layer upon layer of fig sauce, braised plum, cassis, cherry eau de vie and pastis glide along together, with notes of spice, ganache and graphite hanging in reserve. The very long finish has cut and precision, despite its weight. Should age effortlessly. Best from 2014 through 2035. 2,300 cases made. -JM The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape from the domaine has turned out much better than I predicted last year. A blend of 70% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Counoise, Mourvedre and Cinsault from the very northern sectors of Chateauneuf du Pape, on terraces just north of Chateau Cabrieres and Domaine Mas de Boislauzon, this deep purple wine has a gorgeous nose of fresh blueberries and kirsch, with almost meaty, chewy richness, loads of glycerin, full body, stunning concentration and purity. It was bottled in May and should have 15 or more years of aging potential. Vivid ruby. Powerful aromas of b...


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2009 06/17/2011

Proprietor Jean-Paul Dauman produced nearly 20,000 bottles of his brilliant 2009 Cotes du Rhone Clavin. Composed of 80% Grenache and the rest Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah, it comes from very old vines and is aged completely in foudre. The wine's dar... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Vieille Julienne, Domaine de la Cotes du Rhone Lieu Dit Clavin 750ml


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