Vieille Julienne, Chateauneuf du Pape

"...Daumen is one of the most meticulous viticulturists and winemakers in Chateauneuf du Pape. From his cellars in the appellation’s northern sector known as Gres, he has long fashioned some extraordinary Chateauneuf du Papes as well as a small amount of high octane Cotes du Rhone from some of the oldest vines owned by his family. For starters, Daumen’s 2011s are some of the finest wines of the southern Rhone. Yields for both the estate and negociant cuvees averaged a mere 26 hectoliters per hectare, which is well under two tons of fruit per acre. Never one to rest on his already impressive laurels, Daumen has basically renamed his Chateauneuf du Papes to reflect the parcels from which they emanate..."
Robert Parker. Wine Advocate, Oct 2012.

Vieille Julienne, Chateauneuf du Pape

This small 10 hectare property with vineyards holding in the northern sector (mainly in Cabrieres and Montredon) is owned and run by the gentle Jean-Paul Daumen, whom we have known for many years.

Production is very small, around 24,000 bottles. The vineyards are worked bio-dynamically by hand. The age of the vines is between 60-100 years. Around 50% of the crop is destemmed, although this can vary from year to year. The fact that Jean-Paul doesn’t destem totally gives his wines an edgy, more traditional feel and in addition age extremely well. Fermentation is in beton cuve with an 18 month ageing in old foudre.

A superb Cotes du Rhone is also produced from vineyards around the estate just across the border from the appellation of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The vines here are also approaching 100 years of age.

In 2010 Jean-Paul isolate several parcels of vines from different sectors (so pleased was he with the results that the exercise was repeated with great success in 2011) .

‘Les Trois Sources’ comes from vines grown on terraces just south of the estate on sandy soils. With a blend of 70% Grenache and 10% Syrah. The final 20% features Counoise, Cinsault, Mourvedre and a few other varietals. Yields around 22hl/ha.

‘Les Haut-Lieux’ comes from soils dominated by limestone and quartz and mature much later than those vines coming from Les Trois Sources. The blend is dominated by Grenache (70%) and mourvedre (20%). Yields 18 hl/ha.

‘Reserve’ is the ultimate selection of 100 year old vines from Les Trois Sources. 90% Grenache. Yields a paltry 14hl/ha. This wine is always among the top half-dozen in the appellation.

Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape

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