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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf du Pape Réservé 2010


SKU 00921


It is not easy to explain how and for which reasons the Reserve is different...If the old vines of Grenache and Syrah, the natural approach and poor yield is the basis, it is the microclimate of the septentrional part of Châteauneuf du Pape that it will forge its character.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Domaine de la Vieille Julienne
  • wa99

Wine AdvocateThere are 500 cases of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. At 16.4% natural alcohol, the pleasure police will no doubt suggest this wine is hot and out of balance. However, nothing could be further from the truth as there is not a trace of heat in this modern day legend in traditional Chateauneuf du Pape. Yields were under 20 hectoliters per hectare, and the vines utilized for the Reserve were planted in 1904. Virtually all Grenache with the balance probably including Syrah and Mourvedre, this is a field blend. An inky/purple color is accompanied by notes of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. There is a sappy precision to its formidably endowed, massive mouthfeel. Sadly, this profound Chateauneuf du Pape is nearly impossible to find. It should evolve easily for 20-25 years.

Robert Parker, October 2012
  • ws84

Wine SpectatorRather large-scaled, with dark fig, blackberry paste and plum sauce notes layered with ganache, espresso and loam accents. A prickly green peppercorn detail peeks in as this veers toward an overripe character. This feels as if it may have developed problems due to lowered acidity. The better of two bottles tasted. Drink now. 25 cases imported.

James Molesworth, 2014