"Jean-Paul Daumen continues to make some of the purest wines in the appellation" - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
"The Châteauneuf-du-Papes across the board are monumental wines" - Jeb Dunnuck
We are thrilled to be able to offer the extraordinary wines from Domaine de la Vieille Julienne at very compelling prices. At this point, La Vieille Julienne needs little introduction and has become an icon in the most famous of appellation from the Southern Rhone, Chateauneuf du Pape. We have long been fans of these wines where 5th generation owner and winemaker Jean-Paul Daumen has propelled this property into the elite of both Chateauneuf and the Rhone Valley. The reviews for the featured wines reflect the quality of the estate, the winemaking and the excellent 2019 vintage.
Rhone loving critic Jeb Dunnuck adores these wines, in fact rating them higher than the fantastic 2018's from La Vielle Julienne. He gave Les Haut Lieu a score of 98+ Points as this wine flirts with perfection. He also said this wine has another level of purity and precision and called it, "an incredible tasting experience!"
Les Haut Lieux is a single plot on the highest part of this north-facing hill, just below the famous Mont Redon plateau. Here you find sandy limestone soils covered with a good amount of the galets stones. This site is the last to be picked as it is the highest in elevation an includes a good dose of the late-ripening, Mouvedre. This wine has more structure and is certainly capable of cellaring.
Farming Biodynamically, Daumen refuses to use herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers and chemical products. He uses indigenous yeasts only and his wines certainly reflect the purity of his approach. All his wines are certified biodynamic by Demeter.
Make no mistake, the Chateauneuf du Papes are world class highly collectible and age able wines which would be a welcome addition in any serious collector's cellar.
These wines from Vieille Julienne are delicious and would make excellent additions to your cellar. We are thrilled to offer all of these wines at the lowest prices in the country.
JEB DUNNUCK 98+ POINTS - "The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Hauts-Lieux includes slightly more Mourvèdre and comes from a cooler parcel in the northern part of the appellation. It has another level of purity and precision compared to the Trois Sources and has extraordinary notes of blueberries, cassis, black licorice, violets, and crushed stone-like minerality. Incredibly concentrated, massive, and yet perfectly balanced, it has no hard edges and is just an incredible tasting experience. Hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 20-25 years."