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Professional Ratings: 95 The Wine Advocate, 94 Wine Spectator
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 111346
To respect the spirit of the "appellation" at Vielle Julienne, this wine is always produced using Chateauneuf du Papes original varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cournoise, Cinsault, and even extremely rare varietals like Muscardin and Vaccarese. Harvest is entirely done by hand, and fermentation is carried out exclusively with indigenous yeast. The wine is aged in foudre for 1 year. Until 2001, this cuvee was marked as "Vieilles Vignes."
While the beautiful 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is already accessible, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for two decades or more. It exhibits an inky/ruby/purple color, a great texture, and a gorgeous nose of boysenberries, blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, licorice, and incense. There is wonderful freshness and vibrancy (because of the good acids) as well as a terrific finish. Jean-Paul Dauman is one of a handful of Chateauneuf du Pape proprietors who believes his 2005s are better than what he produced in 2007, and I find it difficult to disagree relative to this estate's wines. True lovers of Chateauneuf du Pape will probably want to have both vintages in their cellars.
Very ripe, but focused and pure, with a gorgeous core of crushed plum, pastis and raspberry ganache notes stitched together with long, velvety tannins. Spice, fruitcake and melted licorice notes echo through the superlong finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made