2005 Vieille Julienne, Domaine de la Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve

  • Proprietary Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 100

Reviews for 2005 Vieille Julienne, Domaine de la Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve

WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2007
Along with Clos St.-Jean's Deus Ex Machina Vieille Julienne's 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve (200 cases produced) is the wine of the vintage. From 101-year old Grenache vines planted in sandy soils it boasts a... Along with Clos St.-Jean's Deus Ex Machina Vieille Julienne's 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve (200 cases produced) is the wine of the vintage. From 101-year old Grenache vines planted in sandy soils it boasts a black/purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of smoke meat blackberries sweet cherries creme de cassis licorice spice and a hint of pine forest/underbrush. The fruit dominates in this rich intense remarkable effort. It requires 5-7 years of bottle age but should keep for 35-50 years proving to be one of the most legendary Chateauneuf du Papes ever made. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040+. Over the last decade Jean-Paul Daumen the proprietor winemaker and Mr. Everything at Vieille Julienne has emerged as one of France's most compelling wine producers. Taking advantage of the ancient vines his family owns in the northern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape and biodynamically farming the entire vineyard he has produced extraordinary wines since 1998. Daumen's winemaking philosophy is remarkably simple - old vines tiny yields of around 20 hectoliters per hectare no SO2 during vinification aging in neutral tanks or wood and bottling without fining or filtration. The results are wines of extraordinary purity and naked expressions of terroir as well as the personality of the vintage. I can not recommend these wines highly enough. Sadly as with most of the world's most majestic wines production is relatively limited and the demand is insatiable.