Domaine Julien Masquin Chateauneuf du Pape Wine, Complete Guide

Julien Masquin

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Domaine Julien Masquin History, Overview

Julien Masquin, the founder of the estate has a long history in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. In fact, Julien Masquin was one of the originators of Cellier des Princes, the local Chateauneuf du Pape Co-operative, which is located in Courthezon.

The birth of Domaine Julien Masquin dates back to 1936 when the family purchased their first vines in Chateauneuf du Pape in Courthezon. At the time, because of the depression and the lack of interest in most Southern Rhone wines, they sold their crop to negociants in bulk.

In those days, it was a difficult, if not impossible time for most vineyard owners to earn a living in the wine business. In fact, the Masquin family was able to make to make a lot more money from the brush factory they owned, than they could from owning and managing their own winery.

This changed at what we know of today as Domaine Julien Masquin in 1998, when Julien Masquin embarked on his career as a wine maker. In 2008, their contracts to sell to their harvest to the local cooperative was over.

The new era for Domaine Julien Masquin begins with the 2009 vintage, which is when they made their debut as a wine producing domaine. With the 2009 vintage, they began producing, bottling and selling their own wines under the label of Domaine Julien Masquin.

Domaine Julien Masquin Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Domaine Julien Masquin owns 7.8 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. They also own close to 16 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation, which are planted for both red and white wine grape varieties.

Domaine Julien Masquin produces 2 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 1 white Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

Domaine Julien Masquin Montplaisir is made from a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre. the terroir is rocks, stone and sandy soil. The vines come from vineyards planted in the La Crau lieu-dit of Chateauneuf du Pape. The wine is aged in foudres, used oak barrels and tank for an average of 12 months before bottling.

Domaine Julien Masquin Memora is usually a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. But the ratio of the blend can vary. The vineyard is located in the Pignan sector, not that far from Chateau Rayas, in the cooler, sandy terroir of that area. The wine is aged for an average of 12 months before bottling in foudres and tank.

Domaine Julien Masquin Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is produced from a blend of 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Bourboulenc. The wine is aged in stainless steel vats until it’s ready for bottling.

When to Drink Domaine Julien Masquin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine Julien Masquin can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Domaine Julien Masquin is usually better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 4-12 years after the vintage.

Serving Domaine Julien Masquin with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Domaine Julien Masquin is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Domaine Julien Masquin is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Domaine Julien Masquin is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant, cheese and tomatoes.

The white wine of Domaine Julien Masquin is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Domaine Julien Masquin Wine Tasting Notes

12 Vintages 16,986 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2021
90
Supple, soft, fresh, kirsch, and strawberry notes with a touch of pepper which all add to the complexity. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, forward, and fresh with a supple finish. Drink from 2024-2029.

Supple, soft, fresh, kirsch, and strawberry notes with a touch of pepper which all add to the complexity. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, forward, and fresh with a supple finish. Drink from 2024-2029.

31 Views   Tasted
2021
89
Medium-bodied, forward, strawberry and raspberry filled, soft-textured, elegant wine that will be easy to enjoy on release. The wine is blended using mostly Grenache rounded out with Syrah. Drink from 2024-2028.

Medium-bodied, forward, strawberry and raspberry filled, soft-textured, elegant wine that will be easy to enjoy on release. The wine is blended using mostly Grenache rounded out with Syrah. Drink from 2024-2028.

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2019
90
Peppery, red fruits with touches of leafy herbs and olives come though in the nose and on the soft, forward, palate. This medium-bodied, open wine is already easy to taste. Drink from 2022-2030.

Peppery, red fruits with touches of leafy herbs and olives come though in the nose and on the soft, forward, palate. This medium-bodied, open wine is already easy to taste. Drink from 2022-2030.

1,432 Views   Tasted
2017
89
Medium-bodied, forward, elegant, fresh, vibrant sweet, kirsch, black raspberry and pepper are on the nose and palate. This will be just great on release due to all its easy to like, fresh red fruits.

Medium-bodied, forward, elegant, fresh, vibrant sweet, kirsch, black raspberry and pepper are on the nose and palate. This will be just great on release due to all its easy to like, fresh red fruits.

2,293 Views   Tasted
2017
88
Round and juicy with notes of licorice and plums, the wine is open, medium bodied and ready to go with a fruity finish. The wine is blended from at least 75% Grenache and various other assorted grape varieties.

Round and juicy with notes of licorice and plums, the wine is open, medium bodied and ready to go with a fruity finish. The wine is blended from at least 75% Grenache and various other assorted grape varieties.

2,420 Views   Tasted
2015
89
Medium bodied, smoky and fresh, with elegant textures and sweet, red berries from start to finish. This should be delicious on release. But I would drink this before its 10th birthday.

Medium bodied, smoky and fresh, with elegant textures and sweet, red berries from start to finish. This should be delicious on release. But I would drink this before its 10th birthday.

1,572 Views   Tasted
2015
87
Forward, medium bodied and ready to go, if you like up-front, easy to drink, juicy red fruits and peppery spices like I do, this is a nice crowd pleaser wine.

Forward, medium bodied and ready to go, if you like up-front, easy to drink, juicy red fruits and peppery spices like I do, this is a nice crowd pleaser wine.

1,730 Views   Tasted
2014
89
Fresh, elegant and floral, with sweet kirsch and spicy notes to keep it interesting and fun to drink. This is already showing well, so it should be delicious on release.

Fresh, elegant and floral, with sweet kirsch and spicy notes to keep it interesting and fun to drink. This is already showing well, so it should be delicious on release.

1,142 Views   Tasted
2014
86
Light, medium bodied, red fruits, with good freshness for uncomplicated, early drinking.

Light, medium bodied, red fruits, with good freshness for uncomplicated, early drinking.

1,657 Views   Tasted
2013
89
Medium bodied, soft, elegantly styled, this delivers the goods from start to finish, with its floral, fresh red fruits and herb notes down to the plush, crowd pleasing finish. This was a new discovery for me. I'm looking forward to tasting this again in a less challenging vintage.

Medium bodied, soft, elegantly styled, this delivers the goods from start to finish, with its floral, fresh red fruits and herb notes down to the plush, crowd pleasing finish. This was a new discovery for me. I'm looking forward to tasting this again in a less challenging vintage.

1,524 Views   Tasted
2013
85
Medium bodied, light and fresh, with a breezy, coolness to the red fruits and easy drinking, soft textures.

Medium bodied, light and fresh, with a breezy, coolness to the red fruits and easy drinking, soft textures.

1,500 Views   Tasted
2009
92
This is really coming on strong. the debut release from this estate serves up a plush, ripe, peppery, herb filled blend with loads of sweet, spicy, black raspberries, kirsch liqueur and garrigue. The wine was made from a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.

This is really coming on strong. the debut release from this estate serves up a plush, ripe, peppery, herb filled blend with loads of sweet, spicy, black raspberries, kirsch liqueur and garrigue. The wine was made from a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.

1,649 Views   Tasted