Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve, 2010

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve, 2010

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France



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Grape Varietes: Grenache 60%, Syrah 15%, Mourvèdre 10%, Counoise 10% and Cinsault 5% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Jean-Paul Daumen Optimum Drinking: 2018-2040 Reviewer Rating: 99 Reviewer: Code: 102537
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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne has gone from strength to strength since Jean-Paul Daumen took over from his father in 1990 and the wines, like this wonderful 2010 vintage, are nothing short of legendary, though very hard to come by.

Vieille Julienne comprises just over 30 hectares of prime vineyard sites, with the average age of the vines put at around 50 years; although this Reserve actually yields from 100-year-old vines.

Daumen is one of Chateauneuf's most forward thinking winemakers, working with meticulous attention to detail and planning from his cellars situated in the appellation's northern sector, known as Gres. His grapes are destemmed and varieties are vinified separately. Large oak foudres have been replaced with small oak barrels and all his wines are bottled with neither fining nor filtration.

Stocks of this 99-point rated wine are extremely limited.


"There are 500 cases of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. At 16.4% natural alcohol, the pleasure police will no doubt suggest this wine is hot and out of balance. However, nothing could be further from the truth as there is not a trace of heat in this modern day legend in traditional Chateauneuf du Pape. Yields were under 20 hectoliters per hectare, and the vines utilized for the Reserve were planted in 1904. Virtually all Grenache with the balance probably including Syrah and Mourvedre, this is a field blend. An inky/purple color is accompanied by notes of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. There is a sappy precision to its formidably endowed, massive mouthfeel. Sadly, this profound Chateauneuf du Pape is nearly impossible to find.”