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.