Hidden Gem: Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, Chateauneuf-du-Pape

 

HISTORY –
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne was  founded in 1905. At first, like many small producers in the Southern Rhone Valley, the fruit was harvested and sold to negociants who bottled and sold the wine under various names. This changed in the late 1960’s when Maxine Daumen began bottling the wines of Domaine Vieille Julienne. In 1990, Jean-Paul Daumen, following in the footsteps of his family started working at Domaine Vieille Julienne.

That was the first major step forward for Domaine Vieille Julienne as they focusing on producing wine from their old vine Grenache .

For the first time, they were now seeking true ripeness and low yields. The next new move made by Jean Paul Daumen was the creation of Vieille Julienne reserve, which made its debut with the 1994 vintage. The hard work and efforts began to pay off with a good 1998 for Vieille Julienne. The following year they produced one of the top wines from the difficult 1999 vintage. With the release of their stunning 2000 Domaine Vieille Juliene Reserve’, (Which earned 100 Pts from Robert Parker) they quickly became one
of the hottest and most in-demand wines in the entire Chateauneuf du Pape appellation!

A 3D tour of the domaine's vineyards. Clavin, Haut Lieu in Chateauneuf du Pape


ABOUT US –
Domaine de Vieille Julienne owns 10 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. The terroir is a rocky, sandy soil, perfect for the Southern Rhone Valley. While the vines have an impressive average age of 60 years, the estate also has old Grenache vines that are over 100 years old! Biodynamic farming techniques are practiced in the vineyards. In their vineyards, they plant Grenache, Syrah , Mourvedre , Counoise and Cinsault . The vineyard is planted in parcels, but the plots are all field blends, and not separated by grape
variety. Thus picked at the same time. In the making the wine, the thought process to the blending is on a parcel by parcel basis, and not based on a grape by grape variety choice.

Low yields are the goal at Vieille Julienne. They are often under 20 hectoliters per hectare, which gives the wine a lot of its power, purity and concentration. The grapes are destemmed before alcoholic fermentation. At Vieille Julienne, all grapes are co-fermented.
Aging takes place in a combination of foudres and old, oak barrels.

“There are not many wines I’d rather have in my cellar than the Châteauneuf du Papes from Jean-Paul Daumen’s Domaine de La Vieille Julienne. Located in the northern part of the appellation, in a cool, mostly sandy terroir, the estate can make up to three Châteauneuf du Papes in a vintage and up to two terrific Côtes du Rhônes.” THE WINE ADVOCATE


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