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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

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2017 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Hauts Lieux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

The wine is silky, lush, fresh and peppery. The fruit has lift, tannin, crushed stones, spice and sweet, energetic dark red berries. Offering a juicy wave of peppery red fruits with vibrancy, minerality and freshness, you also find a long, spicy, kirsch note that lingers in the finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counouise.

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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.

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2017 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 98

The bouquet is on the floral side, with wild cherries, licorice, spice, stone, earth and herbs to complicate matters. Full-bodied, round, rich and juicy, with a gorgeous sense of purity, concentration and energy, the wine is long, deep and tannic. You should lay this down for 7-8 years before pulling a cork. The wine is usually made from 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah and 5% Counoise. If this seems like your thing, grab a few bottles.

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2016 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 100

The color is deep, purple blue. It's almost opaque. The wine is off the charts. There is a beautiful purity of fruit. The melange of fruits runs from black to deep red. The wine is mouth coating. But it is also light on its feet. The finish is seamless, remaining with you for close to 60 seconds. This is another contender for the wine of the vintage, and that's really saying something, considering how many stunning wines were produced this year. The wine is usually made from 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. Only 250 cases were produced of this stunner. So, if this seems like your thing, run, do not walk to the store and grab a few bottles.

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2016 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Hauts Lieux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 98

Deep in color, the wine is floral with licorice, black cherry, wet earth, spice, animal, herbs and a hint of the clay and rocks. The wine meshes power with elegance. It's difficult to pair refinement and power, but that's what you find here. The finish blends licorice, pepper, dark, red pit fruits and sensuous textures that build with intensity. This is just great wine! The wine was produced from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counouise.

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2016 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

Deeply colored, the wine offers licorice, black cherry, plum and kirsch, with hints of fig, earth, herbs and spice. Exciting to taste the wine is rich, dense, opulent and fresh. The fruit is on the top spectrum of ripe, and yet it still holds freshness and vigor. The finish holds your interest and the fruit. This is the best vintage for Les Trois Sources yet. The wine was made from 60% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and a myriad of various other allowable varieties.

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2015 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Hauts Lieux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

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.

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2015 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

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.

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2015 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 98

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.

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2014 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

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.

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2012 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

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.

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2012 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Hauts Lieux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

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.

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2012 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

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.

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2011 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Hauts Lieux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

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.

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2011 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

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.

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2010 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Hauts Lieux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

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.

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With lush, sexy berries, licorice and spice, the wine ends with layers of juicy, fresh, sweet, jammy berries, earth and spice.

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2010 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

Drinking at close to peak, the nose, and the wine is filled with ripe, black raspberry, pepper, jam and garrigue, with a background note of fig. Ripe, round, luscious, and fruity, there is no reason to continue aging this wine. I'm going to drink my bottles over the next 3-5 years.

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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?

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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.

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Sweet cherry and black raspberry tones, with freshness, concentration, balance, length and texture, that ends with a blast of bright, fresh, peppery kirsch.

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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.

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2010 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 99

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.

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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.

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2009 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

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.

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2008 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

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.

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2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

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.

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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.

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2006 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

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.

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2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne La Bosse  (Côtes du Rhône) 95

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.

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2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 99

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.

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2004 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

No reserve was made in this vintage, so all the old vine fruit was placed in their regular cuvee. Fully mature, medium bodied, peppery red fruits and a bushel of garrigue is what you will find on the nose and palate. This is good to go.

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2003 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 98

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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2001 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 100

This continues its record of mind blowing performances due to all its attributes including: waves of ripe, sweet, peppery, fresh, dark red fruits. The opulent textures still allows you to enjoy the freshness and strength from all the fruit. This is liqueur of Grenache. The finish must stick with you for at least 50-60 seconds.

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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!

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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.

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2001 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

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.

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2000 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

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.

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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.

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2000 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 98

Lush, sexy, sensuous, rich and peppery, the fruit is ripe, sweet, fresh and spicy. The concentrated, deep wine feels just great on your palate, making it difficult not to ask for another pour. This is probably drinking at absolute peak, so if you have a bottle, pop a cork.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1999 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

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.

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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.

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Layers of black and red, jammy fruit. Very sweet. This shows great today, but will improve.

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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.

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1998 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

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.

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