CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE

2019 Les Hauts Lieux Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

Grapes Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
District Southern Rhône

2019 Chateauneuf-du-Pape les Hauts Lieux From the highest sheltered terraces on the estate, a bit more pebble & quartz mixed in with the red clay & sand. Roughly half the production of Trois Sources from a 4.5ha estate that feature Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Counoise with an average age of 70 years old. tasting note 'Much richer in colour, fresh and elegant with cranberry, raspberry and sweet violets, intense and floral but also tense and tightly packed, a bit of asian spice, cinammon & mineral notes, powerful yet refined. An absolute joy to drink and will provide great drinking pleasure to Chateauneuf lovers who prefer them powerful yet structured and elegant. L&S (Sep 2021)


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The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Hauts-Lieux includes slightly more Mourvèdre and comes from a cooler parcel in the northern part of the appellation. It has another level of purity and precision compared to the Trois Sources and has extraordinary notes of blueberries, cassis, black licorice, violets, and crushed stone-like minerality. Incredibly concentrated, massive, and yet perfectly balanced, it has no hard edges and is just an incredible tasting experience. Hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 20-25 years. Drinking range: 2025 - 2051 Rating: 98+ Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Nov 2021)

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

Under the guidance of Jean-Paul Daumen, this estate on the very northern borders of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation is now considered to be one of the leading domaines. One of the first estates to convert to biodynamic practises when Jean-Paul took over from his father in 1990, the 22 hectares of vineyards are nearly all north facing, giving relieve from the hot summer days and lending the wines the all important freshness. Attention to detail is everything here, with some very old plots of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault & Carignan and a wine making style more at home in Burgundy, it is clear to see why it is held in such high regard by journalists, Rhône enthusiasts, sommeliers and restaurateurs around the world.

Trois Sources is from sand based vineyards on the lower banks of the estate and are the more approachable when young, whilst the Les Hauts Lieux come from the limestone dominated higher vineyards on the northern boundary of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and need more time to come around. In great years a Reserve wine is made in miniscule quantities from ancient Grenache vineyards. Our recent visit in July to taste the 2019’s justifiably confirmed our excitement to be working with and shipping from Vieille Julienne; these are deeply coloured, pure and aromatic but with incredible freshness - you can buy these confident that they will richly reward patience over the next 8-15 years. They also produce an utterly brilliant Côtes du Rhône called Lieu-dit Clavin, possible the best value Côtes du Rhône in the entire Rhône Valley.

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