2022 Lieu-Dit Clavin Blanc Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

Grapes Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette
Colour White
Origin France, Rhône
District Southern Rhône
ABV 13.5%

Vieille Julienne's much under appreciated and under the radar white Côtes du Rhône Lieu-Dit Clavin hails from a tiny 1.5 ha plot on the very north of the vineyard and from the steepest plot, mixing marlstone and limestone soils which are very much evident in the wines. A blend of different classic Rhône varities that average some 65 years, 40% Grenache 30% Clairette 15% Bourboulenc and the balance made up of Marsanne, Roussanne & Viognier. Stainless steel fermentation brings fresh bright notes, hawthhorn blossom, zippy fresh citrus notes and kept in play by just enough acidity to bring the minerality into balance, this puts many leading white Châteauneufs into context when you consider the price quality ratio and will give white Rhône lovers a real smile. L&S (May 2023)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.

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 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.


Fantastic introduction to the wines of Rhone Valley. From the spice of the Syrah to the softness fruit of the Grenache to the perfumed aromas of Viognier, this is a great selection for winter warming wines or for a rack of lamb on the BBQ this summer.

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