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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 2008

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WINE: "60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault. Some parcels of the Grenache are over 100 years old, 40% of the vineyards are 80-90 years old. Before fermentation, the grapes are 100% de-stemmed, followed by alcoholic fermentation in temperature controlled cement tanks with no sulfur added. The wine is aged in large foudres for 1-3 years. Production is approximately 2,000 cases." -Importer WINERY: "From southern Rhone, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne is no stranger to many a vintner's coveted success. In 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2006, Robert Parker awarded 100 points to Jean-Paul Daumen's Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. But in 2007 when Jean-Paul tasted the Reserve, he was not impressed. He decided against bottling it because in his mind, the wine wasn't much different from that of the other parcels." "Working with 10ha in the northern part of the appellation Chateauneuf du Pape, and with 5ha in Cotes du Rhone, Jean-Paul took over the family vineyards in 1990. In 1905, his ancestors purchased the property and sold solely to negociants, while bottling for family and friends. It wasn't until the 1960's that his father started bottling with greater intent, thereby providing Jean-Paul with the foundational knowledge that it took for him to develop his award winning wines." "When Jean-Paul took over the estate in 1990, he began working towards organic certification while practicing biodynamics in the vineyard. Inspired by the expression of terroir, Jean-Paul knows that wines taste best when naturally produced. Favoring wild yeasts and neutral woods, Daumen is a man of manual labor, who hand harvests his 100+ year old vines, punches down caps, and controls temperatures not with the aid of a computer system, but by checking the temperatures of tanks by hand, and regulating with "drapes"-- the aluminum piping that carries hot or cold water to heat or cool the tanks. Adhering not to syndicate mandates, Daumen eschews the two syndicate bottle designs for Chateauneuf du Pape - the embossed papal cap and the keys and crest." -Importer This was also rated 89 points by Robert Parker.

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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: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

Shows the mix of both raisin and damson plum fruit that is the hallmark of the vintage, but this has better density and even more ripeness than most, with linzer torte, blackberry and sweet spice notes filling in the core and ample grip holding sway on the finish. Impressive for the vintage. Best from 2014 through 2027. 1,900 cases made. -JM The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out to be one of the better wines of the vintage. A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a medium-bodied wine exhibiting spicy, roasted herb, pepper, black currant and cherry notes offered in a fruity, up-front, delicious style. It should drink nicely for 7-9 years.


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

Shows the mix of both raisin and damson plum fruit that is the hallmark of the vintage, but this has better density and even more ripeness than most, with linzer torte, blackberry and sweet spice notes filling in the core and ample grip holding sway on the finish. Impressive for the vintage. Best from 2014 through 2027. 1,900 cases made. -JM The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out to be one of the better wines of the vintage. A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a medium-bodied wine exhibiting spicy, roasted herb, pepper, black currant and cherry notes offered in a fruity, up-front, delicious style. It should drink nicely for 7-9 years. ** SOLD OUT **



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WINE: "60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault. Some parcels of the Grenache are over 100 years old, 40% of the vineyards are 80-90 years old. Before fermentation, the grapes are 100% de-stemmed, followed by alcoholic fermentation in temperature controlled cement tanks with no sulfur added. The wine is aged in large foudres for 1-3 years. Production is approximately 2,000 cases." -Importer WINERY: "From southern Rhone, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne is no stranger to many a vintner's coveted success. In 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2006, Robert Parker awarded 100 points to Jean-Paul Daumen's Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. But in 2007 when Jean-Paul tasted the Reserve, he was not impressed. He decided against bottling it because in his mind, the wine wasn't much different from that of the other parcels." "Working with 10ha in the northern part of the appellation Chateauneuf du Pape, and with 5ha in Cotes du Rhone, Jean-Paul took over the family vineyards in 1990. In 1905, his ancestors purchased the property and sold solely to negociants, while bottling for family and friends. It wasn't until the 1960's that his father started bottling with greater intent, thereby providing Jean-Paul with the foundational knowledge that it took for him to develop his award winning wines." "When Jean-Paul took over the estate in 1990, he began working towards organic certification while practicing biodynamics in the vineyard. Inspired by the expression of terroir, Jean-Paul knows that wines taste best when naturally produced. Favoring wild yeasts and neutral woods, Daumen is a man of manual labor, who hand harvests his 100+ year old vines, punches down caps, and controls temperatures not with the aid of a computer system, but by checking the temperatures of tanks by hand, and regulating with "drapes"-- the aluminum piping that carries hot or cold water to heat or cool the tanks. Adhering not to syndicate mandates, Daumen eschews the two syndicate bottle designs for Chateauneuf du Pape - the embossed papal cap and the keys and crest." -Importer This was also rated 89 points by Robert Parker.

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