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Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

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The straight Chateauneuf now includes everything that used to go into the Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, and offers an outstanding quality rarely matched in other estate's special cuvées that sell for twice the price.

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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 Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
11/01/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
11/01/2012

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/16/2011

But first, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Counoise, Mourvedre and Cinsault), one of the densest wines of the vintage, was closed when I tasted it. It revealed a dense purple color and lots of weight and richness, but m... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/02/2011

A blend of 65% Grenache and the rest Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Clairette, the 2009 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a beauty and delivers beautifully dense, pure black fruits, black licorice, violets, and mineral aromas on ... Rhone Report, The. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/16/2011

The limited production 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve, a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, should prove to be one of the most profound wines of the vintage. Boasting an inky/blue/purple hue as well as an extraordinary perfume of spring flowers, ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Vieille Julienne, Domaine de la Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/02/2011

The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve, which was made from frighteningly low yields, has a whopping 16.5% alcohol, compared to the 2010s 16.4, yet it is not even noticeable, given the luxurious concentration and extraordinary depth and richness this ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Vieille Julienne, Domaine de la Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve 750ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

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 - Wine Spectator 95 PointsThe 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 PointsVivid 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


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