2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Trois Sources, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

Les Trois Sources always impresses, but this has to its best vintage yet. There’s fantastic and concentration and power, but Jean-Paul has kept this wine beautifully fresh. With ripe fruit, delicate floral touches, and a structure to last decades, this will develop into a remarkable Châteauneuf.

Critic score
96/100
Pricing
Bottle
22 available
£50.68
Case, 6 Bottles
3 available
£304.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    France
  • Grape
    70% Grenache/Garnacha
    10% Shiraz/Syrah
    5% Cinsault
    5% Counoise
    5% Mourvèdre
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2035
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Trois Sources, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

TASTING NOTES

What will easily be one of the top wines in the vintage, the 2015 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.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (October 2016)
(95—97)/100
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

One of the most compelling winemakers in the region, the gentle Jean-Paul Daumen has a philosophy of winemaking akin to an artist. Jean-Paul converted the property, which had been in the family since 1905, to biodynamic practices in 1998. His attention to detail and passion for his vines could not be more obvious after just a few minutes in his company. Almost Burgundian in style, here is Grenache winemaking par excellence, right next door to the legendary Château Rayas. They release a year later than other producers.

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