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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne History, Overview
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne was founded in 1905. At first, like many small producers in the Southern Rhone Valley, the fruit was harvested and sold to negociants who bottled and sold the wine under various names. This changed in the late 1960’s when Maxine Daumen began bottling the wines of Domaine Vieille Julienne. In 1990, Jean-Paul Daumen, following in the footsteps of his family started working at Domaine Vieille Julienne. Domaine Vieille Julienne is still a family affair, as today, the son of Jean-Paul, Antoine Daumen is being trained to eventually take over the estate.
That was the first major step forward for Domaine Vieille Julienne as they focusing on producing wine from their old vine Grenache. For the first time, they were now seeking true ripeness and low yields. The next new move made by Jean Paul Daumen was the creation of Vieille Julienne reserve, which made its debut with the 1994 vintage. The hard work and efforts began to pay off with a good 1998 for Vieille Julienne. The following year they produced one of the top wines from the difficult 1999 vintage.
With the release of their stunning 2000 Domaine Vieille Julienne Reserve the estate began earning the accolades and recognition they deserved Construction began in 2012 for a new tasting room and office and was finished in 2014.
At the time, Domaine Vieille Julienne produced three red Chateauneuf du Pape wines. In 2001, they discontinued production of their Vieille Vignes. That fruit is now used as part of their Reserve’. The Reserve, which is produced from 100 year old Grenache vines is only made in select vintages. It’s one of the most expensive and hardest to find wines in the Rhone appellation. It’s also well worth the price and the trouble to find a bottle.
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne owns 15 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. The increase in their holdings took place in about 2016, when they added 5 hectares of vines that were in some sections contiguous to their holdings in the appellation. The terroir is a rocky, sandy soil, perfect for the Southern Rhone Valley. While the vines have an impressive average age of 60 years, the estate also has old Grenache vines that are over 100 years old! Biodynamic farming techniques are practiced in the vineyards. In their vineyards, they plant Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise and Cinsault. The vineyard is planted in parcels, but the plots are all field blends, and not separated by grape variety. Thus picked at the same time. In the making the wine, the thought process to the blending is on a parcel by parcel basis, and not based on a grape by grape variety choice.
Low yields are the goal at Vieille Julienne. They are often under 20 hectoliters per hectare, which gives the wine a lot of its power, purity and concentration. The grapes are destemmed before alcoholic fermentation. At Vieille Julienne, all grapes are co-fermented. Aging takes place in a combination of foudres and old, oak barrels.
The best vintages of Domaine de la Vieille Julienne are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001 and 2000.
Domaine Vieille Julienne produces four Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge wines.
Domaine Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Counoise and 5% Cinsault. The vines range in age from 70 to 100 years of age. The wine is aged in a combination of foudres and used, French oak barrels. The production is close to 2,000 cases per year.
Domaine Vieille Julienne Reserve – The Reserve’ is produced from 95% old vine Grenache and 5% Syrah. The Grenache vines are over 100 years of age. Vieille Julienne Reserve is produced from a 1 hectare of the oldest vines. The terroir is unique, fine grained very sandy soils. You also find some clay and limestone, along with small rocks and stones. The vines are planted in the Bois Lauzon, Cabrieres and Maucoil lieux-dits. The grapes are completely destemmed. Vinification takes place in cement vats. The wine is aged in foudres for an average of 12 months before bottling. The wine is not made every year. It is produced only when the estate finds the grapes to be different and unique from the domaines other parcels. For example, in 2007, a vintage that is sublime in Chateauneuf du Pape, the Reserve was not made because the fruit did not stand out from the estate’s other parcels. One of the best wines in the appellation, only 200 cases at the most are produced of this elixir each year. It is important to note that Domaine Vieille Julienne Reserve is not made in every vintage. The wine is only made in the best vintages. Very little wine of this elixir is produced, making it hard to find, as roughly 150 cases, give or take, are produced in any given vintage.
Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape was not produced after 2009. Starting in 2010, the selection previously used in the regular cuvee became the base for 2 new wines that were added to their portfolio; Les Trois Sources and Les Hauts Lieux. The reason for the change in the wines is quite philosophical. According to Jean-Paul Daumen, previously, the wines were labeled and produced due to their vine age. Today, he looks at the wines and the vineyards differently. So now, the wines are blended and produced according to their terroir.
Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources made its debut in 2010 – From a terroir with planted on clay, sand and gravel soils, which mature earlier than their other vines. The vines are in the north of the appellation in the Maucoil and Bois Lauzon lieux-dits. The wine is a blend of 70% old vine Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Counoise 5% Cinsault 5% Mourvedre and the rest is made from grapes planted in a field blend with various allowable grapes. On average the yields are close to 22 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes are 100% destemmed. Vinification takes place in traditional cement vats. The wines are aged for 12 months in foudres.
Vieille Julienne Les Haut-lieux made its debut in 2010 – From vines situated in the highest north exposition in the south of the estate, the terroir is a complex limestone and quartz soil in the Mont Redon lieu-dit. The grapes are among the latest maturing in their portfolio, due to the naturally cooler terroir. The wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 5% Counoise and 5% Cinsault. The grapes are destemmed. Vinification takes place in cement tanks. The wine is aged in foudre. This is one of the estate’s longest loved wines. Yields are low at close to 18 hectoliters per hectare.
Serving and Decanting Domaine de la Vieille Julienne with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine de la Vieille Julienne is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Domaine de la Vieille Julienne is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
In 2005, Vieille Julienne produced a special, one off bottling to celebrate the 100th birthday of the domaine. The wine, produced from their oldest Grenache vines in Cotes du Rhone appellation was produced from insanely low yields of only 10 hectoliters per hectare! This is probably the best wine from any producer ever made in the Cotes du Rhone. Good luck finding any as the production was close to a whopping 300 cases.
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne also makes very strong red and white wine in the Cotes du Rhone appellation from 15 hectares of vines they own in the appellation.
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Wine Tasting Notes
25 Vintages 131552 Views Sort Vintage - Rating
The deep, dark color is a warmup for all the rich, dark, red fruits that are on their way. This could be the most concentrated wine in 2015. The wine is powerful, ripe, and dense. The wealth of fruit here is incredible. But don't let the layers of fruit scare you away. Everything is in balance and harmony here. Long in the mouth, the wine just keeps on going for perhaps 50 seconds! This is a compelling Chateauneuf du Pape that can age for decades. The wine is made from 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.
Aug 21, 2017points - Tasted 824 Views
Earthy, dark fruits, fig, dark chocolate and prune notes create the perfume. On the palate the wine is plush, lusty, rich and deep. The spice, sweet, intensity of the black cherries, black plums and black raspberries on the palate keep you involved with the wine from start to finish.
Aug 21, 2017points - Tasted 781 Views
Deep in color with density flavor, the wine is concentrated, fresh, ripe and sweet, There is lift here that carries through to the finish, which lets the juicy, pepper black fruits and soft tannins come through. The end note serves up a mineral driven, stony, back cherry liqueur sensation. The wine was produced from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counoise.
Aug 21, 2017points - Tasted 695 Views
This ready to go charmer is loaded with fresh, sweet, ripe, peppery, dark red berries, thyme and garrigue. Medium bodied, and already tasty, this is perfect to drink now, while waiting for the much bigger wines from 2015 and 2016 to come around.
Aug 23, 2017points - Tasted 649 Views
Deep in color, with a floral, earthy, dark red berry perfume. Elegant in style with a long, fresh, ripe finish that brings its plumy notes all the way through from start to finish. This is a compelling example of Chateauneuf du Pape.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 1899 Views
Juicy plum, black cherry and kirsch, with supple textures and sweet, spicy, round black cherry notes really take off in the open, plush textured, spicy finish.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 1659 Views
Sweet plum, spice and garrigue open to a medium/full bodied, fresh, spicy, black cherry filled wine and fresh, open, fruit filled personality that is already fun to drink and should get even better with age.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 1287 Views
Earthy, fresh, spicy fruits with a peppery, zippy personality, leaving you with an impression of sweet, ripe, black raspberries and kirsch in the lush finish.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 2308 Views
Sweet flowery cherries and red berries bring you to young, tannic wine that finishes with fresh, crisp raspberries in the end note. This will be better with a few years of age.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 1862 Views
Deep in color, the nose blasts off with lavender, cherry, spice, pepper and earthy scents. When the wine hits the palate, the wine is deep, rich, concentrated and packed with sweet, silky, black raspberries, cherry and kirsch that remains on your palate and expands in flavor. This bottle was popped and poured. Perhaps, if the wine and I both had more time together, this could hit triple digits. It's truly a stunning example of old vine Grenache.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 4352 Views
Every now and then a wine leaves you speechless. This is that good! With complex aromatics, the wine offers charcoal, jam, pepper, spice and garrigue to get the ball rolling. The wine is pure, long and expansive, with an incredible intensity of flavor and vast array or perfect ripe and over ripe fruits. The finish builds for close to 50 seconds! There is no sensation of heat in the 16.4% alcohol finish.
Jun 1, 2013points - Tasted 6871 Views
What's not to like? Loads of fresh, sweet, peppery, red fruits with a peppery edge. On the palate, the blast of sweet fruits keep on going with its lean the kirsch liqueur, cherry, black raspberry and spicy side of the style range. It's not pricey and it's ready to drink today. Like I said, what's not to like?
Aug 23, 2017points - Tasted 1463 Views
Deeply colored, with a nose of black cherry, plum liqueur, cracked pepper and garrigue, the voluptuous texture feels great and holds through the sweet, fresh kirsch and black raspberry finish. If I had to quibble, I wish the finish was a bit longer, but it's so delicious, it's hard to complain. For those that care, the bottle was popped and poured. This is showing great right now. If you have a bottle, pop a cork.
Feb 23, 2016points - Tasted 4526 Views
Sweet cherry and black raspberry tones, with freshness, concentration, balance, length and texture, that ends with a blast of bright, fresh, peppery kirsch.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 4277 Views
Sweet cherries, silky, lush textures, the structure to age and a fresh, pure, long red berry finish that builds and expands are found in this wine. However, it requires a few years of age before everything delivers all its ample goods.
Jun 1, 2013points - Tasted 3661 Views
A parcel selection blending 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counoise from 70 year old vines planted in limestone soils produced a deep colored, mineral driven, tannic wine with sweet, fresh, black cherries and lusty, plummy tones that remain in your mouth.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 2438 Views
With lush, sexy berries, licorice and spice, the wine ends with layers of juicy, fresh, sweet, jammy berries, earth and spice.
Jun 1, 2013points - Tasted 2193 Views
Discreet truffle, plum, spice and a boat load of sweet kirsch get this going. The wine is about the pure silky red fruits on the palate. Even though the wine is 16% alcohol, there is no sensation of heat in the experience. This could get even better with a few more years in the bottle.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 2050 Views
Light in color showing floral and cherry notes with freshness. The light, elegant textures serve up an easy to drink wine that will be best in its youth.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 2527 Views
Black pepper, plum and cherry notes lead to ripe, sweet black raspberries and soft textures. This peppery, fresh, stylish wine is completely open and drinking great today.
Aug 12, 2014points - Tasted 2456 Views
Still showing good color, the perfume offers plums, black cherry, black raspberry, spice, earth, garrigue and jammy blackberries. Fresh and packed with lush, pure, ripe, jammy red berries, this luscious Chateauneuf du Pape is open for prime time drinking, where it should remain for several years.
May 11, 2012points - Tasted 4026 Views
Still young, this delicious wine offers layers of sweet, ripe, peppery, black raspberries, cherries, jam and garrigue. Rich, round and flavorful, this is a good time to be popping a cork on this expressive wine.
Jun 1, 2013points - Tasted 3307 Views
Truly opaque ruby in color. Pepper, blackberry and plums are kissed with spice. Massive concentration and an expansive finish make this a show stopper of a Chateauneuf du Pape wine. 98+ Why is it not 100? Because for me 00 & 01 are better.
Jul 1, 2009points - Tasted 4834 Views
Cotes du Rhone is inky in color. This 480 bottle cuvee, that's right, 480 whopping bottles were produced in 05 comes from terroir that is better than a lot of terroir from Chateauneuf. Very spicy with a good dose of cinnamom, melted blackberry and blue fruit on the nose. Tannic and packed and stacked wih dense, ripe fruit. This wine was a one time only effort and will not be produced again.
Jul 1, 2009points - Tasted 1734 Views
Pure, sweet, luscious, sensuous, sexy cherries for days, with hints of licorice, garrigue, pepper and earth. The wine feels as good as it tastes. Not decanted, just popped, poured and devoured.
Jan 28, 2017points - Tasted 1730 Views
Does mind boggling juice go far enough, for a tasting note? Perhaps it should. Because this is more than stunning! Layer after layer of intense, powerful, ripe, sweet, luscious, rich, dark red fruits coat your mouth, teeth, gums and palate with flavor. There is real intensity here, but balance, harmony, complexity and a finish that sticks with you for close to 50 seconds! This is hard to find, as the production is about 150 cases or so, but it is worth the effort as this is a stunner!!! The wine was decanted about 30 minutes, or a bit longer.
Oct 2, 2016points - Tasted 2244 Views
This is stunning! Perfectly balancing power and elegance, the fruit shows a beautiful sense of purity, the textures are soft and silky and the finish, with its pure kirsch essence goes on and on. There is no sensation of heat or over ripeness, which is difficult in the 2003 vintage. Something else to consider, believe it or not, except I promise this is true, about 25% of the wine remained in the bottle, which was recorked, but left on the bar top. 24 hours later, this was still absolutely delicious! I was amazed and happy to know I still had a few bottles of this stunner in my cellar.
Nov 28, 2015points - Tasted 2661 Views
Intense kirsch, garrigue, earth and spice notes create the intoxicating aromatic palate. Concentrated, long, deep and intense, with silky tannins and no sensation of heat, this is a great bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape.
Oct 23, 2013points - Tasted 2898 Views
Deep in color, with kirsch, cherry griotte, garrigue, pepper, black raspberry jam and stone in the nose, this concentrated, rich. fleshy, ripe Chateauneuf du Pape was made from yields of only 12 hectoliters per hectare! You can taste and feel the levels of depth and richness. There is a lot of intensity to be found. With not much air, the wine was still holding a lot in reserve. I'd give it a few more years or an hour in the decanter. With some additional bottle age, I imagine the wine should score higher. Even though the wine is 16.5% alcohol, there is no sensation of heat, or too much jam in the flavors or finish.
Aug 30, 2012points - Tasted 2731 Views
Jammy red berries, spice, pepper, fennel, kirsch liqueur aromas, thick, rich and intense, this ripe, jammy, alcoholic, voluptuous Chateauneuf du Pape is not for the timid!
May 11, 2012points - Tasted 2656 Views
Stunning in every way, the wine paired intensity, power, elegance and concentration with ripe fruits, freshness and complex aromatics. Still young, there is no real reason to wait to open a bottle, but there is no hurry either as this is Chateauneuf du Pape at its best!
Jul 30, 2015points - Tasted 3200 Views
A compelling nose packed with fresh black pepper, pure blackberry liqueur, kirsch, herbs, earth, spice and jam capture your attention. The wine had incredible concentration, viscosity and length. The pure, dark berry, jam and spicy, intense, black raspberry finish lasts for at least sixty seconds! This stunning example of Chateauneuf du Pape is just entering prmie time drinking. This is difficult to find as the production is under 200 cases. But it's worth the effort and expense if you want to experience Chateauneuf du Pape at its best.
Sep 10, 2011points - Tasted 6174 Views
The last vintage of this wine for Vieille Julienne as it was folded into the Reserve in subsequent vintages. This was also my last vintage of this cuvee'. With a nose of licorice, kirsch, smoke, clay, herbs and earth, the wine is fleshy, fresh, vibrant and packed with juicy, spicy, sweet, ripe, black raspberries, cherry and plums. Drinking great today, there is no reason not to pop a cork as it's in the perfect state of pleasure today.
Jul 4, 2013points - Tasted 2792 Views
This is one sexy pleasure machine of Chateauneuf du Pape. Plush, silky textures, mouth filling levels of fruit and a complex set of aromatics including smoke, licorice, blackberry, clay and fresh herbs. This is drinking at peak.
Dec 26, 2013points - Tasted 3183 Views
I love this wine! That is more than enough of a tasting note for anyone that knows me. It does not display quite the same level of flamboyance it showed in its youth, but the wine is explosive in its aromatics, with a melange of dark red berries, spice and earth. On the palate, the wine fills your mouth with concentrated sips of extremely ripe and over ripe black raspberries, kirsch, jammy plums and spice. This is at the perfect state of maturity, with the right amount of freshness and secondary character.
Mar 18, 2013points - Tasted 4038 Views
2000 Vieille Julienne Reserve might not have been a fully correct bottle. The pepper, dark cherry and garrigue, kirsch and eary aromas were present, but the palate was shorter than I remembered. The wine was good, but it was not the stunning example of 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape from this producer I have tasted before
Sep 26, 2011points - Tasted 3733 Views
Dark ruby in color, the powerful, attention grabbing perfume offers jammy black raspberries, kirsch, pepper, blueberry and black cherry liqueur aromas. From 100% old vine Grenache, this powerful, packed and stacked Rhone wine coats your palate with deep, spice filled black cherry, kirsch and jammy flavors. This voluptuous Chateauneuf du Pape is drinking perfectly today.
Jul 16, 2011points - Tasted 3325 Views
00 Vieille Julienne Reserve remains one of the potential benchmarks for the vintage. Fresh ground pepper, jammy blackberries, black cherry, red cherry, white cherry, kirsch and a myriad of intense liqueur aromatics explode from your glass. This palate staining, mouth coating wine offers freshness, massive levels of concentrated fruit and a finish that lasts for close to 60 seconds! This is probably close to fully mature, but there is no hurry to drink up. It should remain at this plateau for at least another 5-8 years.
Sep 2, 2010points - Tasted 3987 Views
Essence of liquefied Chateauneuf Du Pape! This is off the charts. The mouth feel is thick, rich, opulent and voluptuous. It has to be experienced to be believed! Perfectly balanced with a seemingly endless finish. Few expensive wines are worth the money. But, this wine is truly worth the price of admission.
Aug 1, 2005points - Tasted 4662 Views
Drinking perfectly today, the offers ample, fresh, ripe. spicy red and black fruits, earth and fennel. Produced from Grenache vines that are mostly close to 100 years old, the wine is rich, soft, plush, long and complex.
Aug 29, 2012points - Tasted 3172 Views
Concentrated and ripe with essence of Grenache and a wild side to its personality, this lacks the sophistication and depth of the Reserve. This shows the sauvage, wild side of Chateauneuf.
Dec 1, 2009points - Tasted 2855 Views
This deep, ruby colored elixir is filled with jammy red and black fruits, spices and herbs. Plush in the mouth. Liqueurious in texture. The finish is close to :40.
Jan 21, 2007points - Tasted 2506 Views
Still deeply colored, this peppery, jammy red fruited, herbal perfumed wine reminds me of a scaled down version of the 2000 Vieille Julienne Reserve. Concentrated for any year, but in 99, it's a major accomplishment. The wines deep, cherry liqueur core fills the finish. I would drink this over the next 5-7 years to preserve its lush, rich fruit.
Aug 15, 2006points - Tasted 2546 Views
Layers of black and red, jammy fruit. Very sweet. This shows great today, but will improve.
Jul 12, 2005points - Tasted 2465 Views
This is is an outstanding wine. with good color and a nose filled with ripe, red pepper tinged fruit and fresh herbs. Lots of extraction, depth and complexity. Drink it on the young side.
Nov 12, 2003points - Tasted 2503 Views
Good length, balance and ripe fruit make this a pleasure to taste. But it is not even close to the level VJ began producing starting with in 1999. Fully mature, drink up.
Nov 1, 2007points - Tasted 2812 Views