Domaine de la Vieille Julienne New Releases

Jean-Paul Daumen took over from his father in 1992 and has since become one of the most revered, inventive and respected producers in France. He is a thoughtful, intelligent and deeply caring vigneron, managing the beautiful estate of Domaine de le Vieille Julienne like a philosopher or poet. Daumen farms 10ha of biodynamic Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with an average vine age of 70 years. There is a stonethrow distance between his Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Côtes du Rhône appellations (3 meters to be precise), so it is not a surprise to Rhône lovers that both display the power and structure the region’s best wines are known for.


Jean-Paul during our tasting in September 2017

 

Jean-Paul is aware of the unique nature of an estate property in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and started to change his methods of vinification and blending in 2010. He moved away from blending in the winery and put all his focus on balanced field blends in the vineyard; the process of blending is now on a parcel by parcel basis, and not based on a grape by grape variety choice. Low yields are a priority at Vieille Julienne. Being held below 20hl per hectare, this leads to power, purity and concentration in his wines. The grapes are destemmed before co-fermentation in the cuverie, while aging takes place in a combination of foudres and old oak barrels. In short, these are “vineyard” wines of immense concentration, but little winery influence. In addition to his Vieille Julienne label, Jean-Paul is also making wines under his biodynamic negoc label Daumen. Even if these wines have the intention to be more accessible, they are anything but simple.

 

The greater Rhône region

 

2016 Côtes du Rhône 'lieu-dit Clavin'

blackberries, ground herbs, licorice and crushed violets. Medium to full-bodied and incredibly well balanced with excellent length. Cellar for up to 20 years.

94 Points Jeb Dunnuck, August 2018
90 Points Wine Spectator

2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Les Trois Sources'

Black raspberry, black licorice, violets and salty minerality. Inredible purity and tannin structure. Full-bodied, concentrated and perfectly balanced with a multitude of layers and facets.

95 Points Jeb Dunnuck, August 2018
96 Points Wine Spectator
92-94 Points Vinous
95-97 Points Wine Advocate

2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Les Hauts-lieux'

Comes from higher elevation parcel and includes Mourvedre. Harvest is very late due to cooler terroir. Wine offers impressive notes of cassis, crushed rocked and violets. Structured and tannic providing purity of fruit and incredible elegance. Cellar for 20 years+

94 Points Jeb Dunnuck, August 2018
96 Points Wine Spectator
94-96 Points Vinous
92-94+ Points Wine Advocate

2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

Only made in the best years from 100 year old Grenache vines. Incredible spice, violets, roasted meat, black licorice, cassis and incense. Full-bodied, elegant with greatly balanced depth and length. Ultra fine tannins and layered mid-palate displaying great finesse, balance and purity. Cellar for 20+ years.

98 Points Jeb Dunnuck, August 2018
97 Points Wine Spectator
93-95 Points Vinous

97 Points Wine Advocate

2016 Daumen Côtes du Rhône

  • from vines near the estate and a small parcel in Boislauzon.
  • classic blackberry, grounded pepper, bouquet garni and some violet/floral notes. Medium-bodied, silky and elegant on the palate.

 

90 Points Jeb Dunnuck, August 2018