2016 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources (1.5L)

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."


The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Trois Sources is straight-up sensational and isn’t far off the more expensive Reserve cuvée in style and quality. Huge notes of blackcurrants, black raspberries, crushed violets, licorice, and incredible minerality, as well as a smoking floral quality, all soar from the glass of this full-bodied, seamless, pure wine that readers should snatch up. With good acidity, awesome purity, and a great, great finish, it's an incredible wine any way you look at it. Drink it anytime over the coming two decades or more.

98 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)

A lush, ripe style, with açaí berry, blueberry and plum reduction notes giving this a slightly exotic bent, while singed bay leaf, worn leather and warm tar accents keep this grounded in a slightly old-school way. Displays ample heft, yet energy ripples through the finish, accompanied by lingering garrigue and tobacco echoes. Best from 2022 through 2040. 2,000 cases made, 500 cases imported.

96 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (May 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%

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