Domaine de La Vieille Julienne

The Story

Jean-Paul Daumen, the 5th generation owner and winemaker of Vieille Julienne, is one of the most intriguing and influential winemakers in France. Despite being at the top of his field, he remains a committed student of wine; he is curious to no end and completely open to new ideas. Being around him is a pleasure as he speaks of what he is doing through questions and conversations rather than a dictation of his philosophies.  He is in a rarified group of winemakers who have a vision and achieve it to the slightest detail every vintage. These are a must if you are serious about southern French wine.

Jean-Paul embraced biodynamics when he took over the family estate in 1990. He is not evangelical about his beliefs but it is clear that his farming method abandons all herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers and chemical products used in the vineyard and avoids all unnatural additions (including cultured yeasts) in the cellar, save SO2 which is only added before bottling. It best said on Jean Paul’s website, “the climatic conditions, the sun, atmospheric pressure, the effects of the moon and the planets, are as many parameters that seems obvious to take into consideration.” Biodynamic farming method is a couple of steps beyond an organic practice and is often called a holistic approach to grape growing and winemaking.

Lay of the Land

The soils that remain in Châteauneuf-du-Pape were brought in by the Rhône when it was a torrential river that covered the entire river delta of Provence. There is a large amount of calcium in the soil that seems to be overlooked when you see pictures of the alluvial quartzite galets in the vineyards from this very famous region. Underneath these rocks are more layers of strata of rocks that are separated by rich clays and sand.

There are five distinguished regions, Avignon, Bédarrides, Courthézon, Orange and Sorgues, that have many different soil structures and microclimates. This diversity offers an array of complex and different styles of wine. This sunny and windy area of France gives some of the most endowed and fully expressive wines. They can be unapologetically masculine wines that, with age, can carry very fine table manners.

Domaine de La Vieille Julienne - 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, ‘Réservé’

Price: $342.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

24+ in stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Rich, Medium Body

Inside the bottle: If I tried to describe this wine, it would take up nearly three pages of notes taken over three hours of tasting a wine that is always on the move. It is a seriously endowed wine in every direction but somehow manages to find tremendous balance. Along the journey, the 100-year-old Grenache consistently expresses exotic red and purple fruits, licorice, fresh provençal herbs of lavender and fresh, rich thyme. The sheer mass and weight of the wine is somehow always light on its feet. That is what makes this wine so impressive.

Terroir: This parcel is found in the Trois Source parcel closest to the road and furthest down the hill. These 100-year-old vines are made up of nearly 95% Grenache. The soil is a very fine sand with a good amount of calcium from the breakdown of limestone in the vineyards. Because it is the most warm site, it is the first of the cuvées to be picked which helps to express its high-toned and dense red fruit notes.

The Wine

Inside the bottle: If I tried to describe this wine, it would take up nearly three pages of notes taken over three hours of tasting a wine that is always on the move. It is a seriously endowed wine in every direction but somehow manages to find tremendous balance. Along the journey, the 100-year-old Grenache consistently expresses exotic red and purple fruits, licorice, fresh provençal herbs of lavender and fresh, rich thyme. The sheer mass and weight of the wine is somehow always light on its feet. That is what makes this wine so impressive.

Terroir: This parcel is found in the Trois Source parcel closest to the road and furthest down the hill. These 100-year-old vines are made up of nearly 95% Grenache. The soil is a very fine sand with a good amount of calcium from the breakdown of limestone in the vineyards. Because it is the most warm site, it is the first of the cuvées to be picked which helps to express its high-toned and dense red fruit notes.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: If I tried to describe this wine, it would take up nearly three pages of notes taken over three hours of tasting a wine that is always on the move. It is a seriously endowed wine in every direction but somehow manages to find tremendous balance. Along the journey, the 100-year-old Grenache consistently expresses exotic red and purple fruits, licorice, fresh provençal herbs of lavender and fresh, rich thyme. The sheer mass and weight of the wine is somehow always light on its feet. That is what makes this wine so impressive.

Terroir: This parcel is found in the Trois Source parcel closest to the road and furthest down the hill. These 100-year-old vines are made up of nearly 95% Grenache. The soil is a very fine sand with a good amount of calcium from the breakdown of limestone in the vineyards. Because it is the most warm site, it is the first of the cuvées to be picked which helps to express its high-toned and dense red fruit notes.