External Reviews for Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape
On the nose, the dense aromas are a touch feral and sauvage with hints of strawberry and bittersweet cocoa. More savory on the palate, there are just hints of sweetness here as the palate showcases flavors of dark fruit mingling with textural tannins... Chuck Hayward. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2006 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
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.
A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2006 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
While the beautiful 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is already accessible, it will benefit from 2ndash;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, blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, licorice, and incense. There is wonderful freshness and vibrancy (because of the good acids) as well as a terrific finish. Jean-Paul Dauman is one of a handful of Chateauneuf du Pape proprietors who believes his 2005s are better than what he produced in 2007, and I find it difficult to disagree relative to this estatersquo;s wines. True lovers of Chateauneuf du Pape will probably want to have both vintages in their cellars.
There is only one cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape in 2004, the Tradition, which is everything from the estate, a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest Counoise and Cinsault. Remarkably, the Grenache comes from 80- to 100-year-old vines, the Syrah from 40-year-old vines. It is one of the vintagersquo;s superstars with the inky/purple-colored wine offering up floral, sweet cassis notes intermixed with raspberry and cherry. The wine is full-bodied, richly textured, with beautiful floral and black fruit notes on the palate, full body, fabulous texture, and a ripe, sweet, expansive finish with relatively noticeable tannin. Give it 2ndash;3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20 years.
This domaine, which can produce huge, heavy, black-colored Chacirc;teauneuf du Papes, bottles its wines as they are sold, resulting in cuveacute;es of the same vintage spending anywhere between 18 months and 10 years in large foudres. This is troublesome, as the wine tends to oxidize and lose its fruit after 2ndash;4 years in wood. Fortu- nately, that may be changing as the young son of Monsieur Daumen has taken over. producing a cleaner, less rustic style of wine that is, nevertheless, rich, full-bodied, and ageworthy. The 1990 displays a chocolate, smoky, cassis-scented nose, and peppery, powerful flavors that are oozing extract, glycerin, and tannin. It is impressive for its size and potential longevity.
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.