2018 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape les Hauts Lieux

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JD 97 JL 96 DC 95 VN 95 WS 94
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, October 2020

Including slightly more Mourvèdre and from a cooler, higher elevation terroir, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Hauts-Lieux has more cassis, game, peppery herbs, and olive notes, as well as the classic violets and black...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, December 2020

Meaty, deep, dark, rich and concentrated, the wine is lush, spicy, intense, long, complex and finishes with peppery, fresh, red fruits, olives and herbs that feel just great on your palate and in the long finish. 96...
DC 95

Decanter, October 2019

Like Les Trois Sources, this is also powerfully vibrant in fruit if a slightly darker fruit expression. It's a little rounder, with denser but very fine tannins and lovely vibrancy of acidity, this really builds on the...
VN 95

Vinous, December 2021

Brilliant violet. Cherry, blackberry, pungent flowers, allspice and garrigue on the assertively perfumed nose. Sappy and broad on entry, offering appealingly sweet red and dark berry flavors that tighten up and become...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, December 2021

Well packed, with dark currant, fig and boysenberry pate de fruit notes that carry through with good energy from start to finish, picking up rooibos tea, anise and applewood notes along the way. Solidly framed throughout...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape les Hauts Lieux is a proprietary blend from the esteemed Southern Rhone region in France. This red wine, produced by Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, offers a robust 15.0% alcohol content and is sealed with a traditional cork closure. The wine is notable for its inclusion of a higher proportion of Mourvèdre and benefits from a cooler, higher elevation terroir.

Jeb Dunnuck of jebdunnuck.com rated this wine highly with a score of 97, praising its "full-bodied richness, an ethereal, seamless texture, ultra-fine tannins, and nicely integrated acidity." He also noted the presence of “cassis, game, peppery herbs, and olive notes,” alongside classic elements such as “violets and black licorice nuances.” Dunnuck suggests that the wine will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and has the potential to evolve over the next 15 years or more.

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com awarded the wine 96 points, describing it as "meaty, deep, dark, rich and concentrated." Leve highlighted its "lush, spicy, intense, long, complex" character and the pleasant finish featuring "peppery, fresh, red fruits, olives, and herbs."

Vinous, represented by Josh Raynolds, gave the wine a 95-point rating. Raynolds remarked on its "brilliant violet" color and aromas of "cherry, blackberry, pungent flowers, allspice, and garrigue." He noted that the wine is "sappy and broad on entry," with flavors that become spicier through the midpalate, showcasing both depth and energy. The wine closes "impressively long and gently chewy" with resonating cherry and floral notes.

Wine Spectator's review, scored at 94 points by reviewer JM, emphasized the wine's "dark currant, fig and boysenberry pate de fruit notes" and the good energy sustained from start to finish. The review also mentioned secondary notes of "rooibos tea, anise, and applewood," with a solid frame ensuring longevity from 2024 through 2036.

Decanter's review, also awarding 95 points, described the wine as "powerfully vibrant in fruit" with a "slightly darker fruit expression." The wine is noted for its "denser but very fine tannins and lovely vibrancy of acidity," originating from three high altitude parcels. The biodynamic farming practices are also a notable aspect of this wine.

Overall, the 2018 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape les Hauts Lieux is highly praised across the board for its complexity, depth, and potential for aging, making it a standout choice for enthusiasts of robust and structured red wines.