Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

Rhône, France

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  • Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

Route de Courthézon
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

 

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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

In 1905, Jean-Paul Daumen’s ancestors purchased the property and sold solely to negociants, while bottling for family and friends. It wasn't until the 1960's that Jean-Paul’s father started bottling with greater intent, thereby providing his son with the seminal knowledge that it took for him to develop his award winning wines.

Introducing Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

In 1990, Jean-Paul took over the family vineyards, farming 10ha in Chateauneuf du Pape and 5ha in Cotes du Rhone. In that same year, Jean-Paul began working towards organic certification while practicing biodynamics in the vineyard. Inspired by the expression of terroir, Jean-Paul knows that wines taste best when naturally produced. Favoring wild yeasts and neutral woods, Daumen is a man of manual labor, who hand-harvests his 100+ year old vines, punches down caps, and controls temperatures not with the aid of a computer system, but by checking the temperatures of tanks by hand, and regulating with "drapes"-- the aluminum piping that carries hot or cold water to heat or cool the tanks.

From Southern Rhone, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne is no stranger to many a vintner's coveted success. In 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2006, Robert Parker awarded 100 points to Jean-Paul Daumen's Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. But in 2007 when Jean-Paul tasted the Reserve, he was not impressed. He decided against bottling it because in his mind, the wine wasn't much different from that of the other parcels.