Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge ‘Les Trois Sources' La Vieille Julienne 2015/16/18/19/20
La Vieille Julienne, Châteauneuf du Pape
Bought by one of Jean Paul DAUMENs ancestors in 1905, the estate of the Vieille julienne privileges initially the sale in bulk with trade, the first bottling being reserved for the family and the friends. During this period, it is in the vines that the efforts are concentrated. Thanks to the massale's selection, selected on the already planted parcels of «lieu-dit Clavin»the majority of our old vines (of today) are planted. Bottling began toward the end of the 60's, at this time, Maxime DAUMEN renovates the cellar and buys new "foudres". From years to years and father to son, the estate grow up. It's in 1990 that Jean Paul DAUMEN joined the domaine and continue the traditions. Convinced that what is essentiel is the vine and the soil, he decides to choose an ecological culture, translated by the limitation of the treatments on the vines, the abandonment of fertilizer and chemicals products... The climatic conditions, the sunning, the atmospheric pressures, the effects of the moon and the planets, are as many parameters that seems obvious to him to take in consideration, in leaving, of course, "the time to the time". Today, the wines of Vieille Julienne are produced on about 10 hectares on the most northern part of the appellation Châteauneuf du Pape and 5 hectares of Côtes du Rhône on the «lieu-dit Clavin»
What will easily be one of the top wines in the vintage, the Châteauneuf du Pape Les Trois Source is the finest example of this cuvée I've tasted. Just massively concentrated and voluptuous, with a huge mid-palate and sweet tannin, it has off the hook notes of black licorice, roasted herbs, black raspberries, blueberries and crushed flowers. While this is a seriously big wine, everything is perfectly balanced, it has no hard edges and a finish that won't quit. It too will have 20-25 years of longevity.
Grapes: 80% Old Vine Grenache, 18% Syrah/Cinsault, 2% Counoise