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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2019  - First Bottle


100 Jeb Dunnuck -
Lastly, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Reserve is another magical wine, and I might have rated this cuvée a perfect score more than any other Southern Rhône. Unquestionably in the same realm as the 2017, 2016, 2010, 2005, 2003, and 2001, it has an incredible, full-bodied, massive style that somehow stays perfectly balanced, with flawless integration of its fruit, tannins, acidity, and alcohol. Lots of red, blue, and black fruits, loamy earth, Asian spice, licorice, and violet nuances emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, building yet polished tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s a sexier, more opulent wine than the Les Hauts-Lieux release yet has the same perfect tannins that are so rare to find in the vintage. This required at least 4-5 years of bottle age and will drink brilliantly for 20-25+ years.
99 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider -
Combining elegance, power, purity, and complexity, this hits all the right notes from start to finish. The nose displays a floral bouquet along with kirsch, black raspberries, and red plums topped off with thyme, peppery spice, garrigue, and wet earth. The mid-palate is packed with fruit arid the finish starts off strong and builds in intensity with its layers of ripe, vibrant, peppery fruits and its gorgeous sense of purity. You should lay this down for 6-7 years before pulling a cork as it is one of those wines that gains complexity in the bottle. The wine is usually made from 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah, and 5% Counoise. If this seems like your thing, grab a few bottles as it becomes close to impossible to find as it matures. Drink from 2026
96 Decanter -
Gorgeous palate expression, wonderfully fine tannins. The alcohol is high this year, you do feel it, there is a lovely freshness however, and very good length. Not a perfect wine, but a beautiful one. Selection from Les Trois Sources, their oldest Grenache. Around 90% Grenache, plus Syrah and Cinsault. Only produced when the Grenache is balanced enough

Technical Details

  • Blend90% Grenache, plus Syrah and Cinsault
  • WinemakerJean-Paul Daumen
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Farming MethodBiodynamic Practices
  • Alcohol16%

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2019

Grenache  |  France
JD100, JL99, D96

Biodynamic Practices
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We are proud to even get these remarkable wines, from such a revered producer, gracing our shelves (even if only for a very short while.) The Daumens family has been farming the estate since the early 1900's. These highly sought-after wines are the stuff of legends, with countless 100 point scores and an almost ethereal cloak of greatness shouldered about them. The 2019 vintage for the region is both phenomenal and unique – a graceful elegance complementing the traditional power and depth of CDP’s best vintages. You just might have found a new “Pride of Place” for your collection!

About the Producer

Jean-Paul Daumen's ancestors purchased this domain in 1905. Back then the entire production was sold to negociants. Starting in the 1960s a small amount of wine was bottled, mostly for family and friends. Jean Paul's father Maxime Daumen built cellars with new foudres to make and bottle more wine. Over the past decade Jean-Paul has emerged as one of the most compelling winemakers in all of France. Taking advantage of his ancient vines in the northern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape, and biodynamically farming the entire vineyard, he has produced extraordinary wines since 1998 that have received massive acclaim from the world's most respected critics. The domaine covers 30 hectares of vineyard that average over 60 years old. The parcels of Grenache that go into the Reserve bottling of Chateauneuf du Pape are over 100 years old. Jean-Paul's winemaking philosophy is quite simple - old vines, tiny yields of around 20 hl/ha, no SO2 during vinification, aging in neutral tanks or wood, and bottling without fining or filtering. Chateauneuf du Papes have come and gone. These wines are truly gems and benchmarks of the appellation. Domaine de la Vieille Julienne's wines are not released until Jean-Paul feels they are approaching their peak. This means that his wines age in the cellar and come into the market years after most other Chateauneuf du Papes have come and gone.