2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts-Lieux, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

This, from higher up, is more nervy, with red fruit and so much tension. It’s fine and intense, fresh and beautiful. There’s 20% Mourvedre, 60% Grenache, 10% Counoise, 10% Cinsault. Pure and saline, with a wonderful spicy, thyme character, plus a slight balsamic, raspberry essence. Wonderful.

Critic score
99/100
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£68.68
Case, 6 Bottles
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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    France
  • Grape
    60% Grenache/Garnacha
    20% Mourvèdre
    10% Cinsault
    10% Counoise
  • Maturity
    Young 2021 - 2036
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts-Lieux, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

TASTING NOTES

A true “wow” wine, the deep, concentrated 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts-Lieux (there's 20% Mourvèdre) offers awesome notes of blackcurrants, smoked meats, graphite, crushed rocks, and licorice. Extraordinarily concentrated, perfectly balanced, structured, and long, it's another sensational wine from this estate. It needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will cruise for 15-20 after that.

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
99/100

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