Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2019

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2019

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This cuvée is created from a vine-by-vine selection of grapes from the ‘les Trois Sources’ plots, and in 2019 is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. It is only made in the very best vintages and specifically focuses on Grenache vines that were planted over 115 years ago. Our Réservé is certified biodynamic and has the potential to cellar with great development for decades to come. Once harvested by hand as part of this rigorous selection process, the grapes are all co-fermented naturally and without the use of sulfur. The fermentation process starts in concrete, then moves gently via gravity-flow to be aged in old foudres. The expression of this wine is a reflection of the vineyard and as little intervention into the natural fermentation and aging process as possible.

Press Notes :

100 points, Jeb Dunnuck – “Lastly, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Reserve is another magical wine, and I might have rated this cuvée a perfect score more than any other Southern Rhône. Unquestionably in the same realm as the 2017, 2016, 2010, 2005, 2003, and 2001, it has an incredible, full-bodied, massive style that somehow stays perfectly balanced, with flawless integration of its fruit, tannins, acidity, and alcohol. Lots of red, blue, and black fruits, loamy earth, Asian spice, licorice, and violet nuances emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, building yet polished tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s a sexier, more opulent wine than the Les Hauts-Lieux release yet has the same perfect tannins that are so rare to find in the vintage. This required at least 4-5 years of bottle age and will drink brilliantly for 20-25+ years.”