2016 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Hauts Lieux (750ml)

Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Nearly two decades ago, Master of Wine Remington Norman released his James Beard nominated book entitled "Rhone Renaissance." His bio on Jean-Paul Daumen – who took over for his father at Vieille Julienne in 1990 – placed this estate squarely on my to-do list. A first of several visits soon followed. Quality continues to soar.

Jean-Paul Daumen practices one of the most rigorous selection processes in the whole of Chateauneuf. His first experiences with older bottles of his father's wines clearly indicated that although his parcels were particularly well situated, vineyard work had previously lacked vigor. This would change immediately under Jean-Paul Daumen's watch. In particular he set about to restore the rightful luster to the estate's 15 acre parcel of (now) 100+ year old vines in "des Gres," that sector of the appellation which Jean-Paul describes as "the septentrional part of Chateauneuf."


A true “wow” wine, the deep, concentrated 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts-Lieux (there's 20% Mourvèdre) offers awesome notes of blackcurrants, smoked meats, graphite, crushed rocks, and licorice. Extraordinarily concentrated, perfectly balanced, structured, and long, it's another sensational wine from this estate. It needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will cruise for 15-20 after that.

99 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%

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