2017 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Trois Sources Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

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2017 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

Spicy floral, ripe, red fruits, pepper, jam, licorice and black raspberries open the perfume. On the palate, the wine is soft, with freshness and a juicy, peppery kirsch end note. There is good concentration of flavor, fruit and freshness from start to finish. The wine was made from 60% Grenache,10% Cinsault, 5% Syrah, 5 % Mourvedre and small amounts of all the other various other allowable grape varieties. 96 Points

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When to Drink Vieille Julienne, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Vieille Julienne is a wine that is much better wine some age. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 -3 hours, 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.

Vieille Julienne is usually better with 4-7 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages, the wine should be consumed within 5-25 years after the vintage.

Serving 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.

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, barbecue, sausage, and cassoulet. Domaine de la Vieille Julienne is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant, tomatoes, and cheese.

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.

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