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
Pricing
Bottle
11 available
£68.68
Case, 6 Bottles
1 available
£412.08
2 bottles available from £63.28 per bottle
Bottle
From a client
2 available
£63.28

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    France
  • Grape
    60% Grenache/Garnacha
    20% Mourvèdre
    10% Cinsault
    10% Counoise
  • Maturity
    Ready 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
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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