2004 Vieille Julienne - Chateauneuf du Pape (Tradition) 1.5L

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend   |     Watch

WA 93-95   IWC 94   WS 93   JR 18   Collector 89
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 93-95

There is only one cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape in 2004, the Tradition, which is everything from the estate, a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest Counoise and Cinsault. Remarkably, the Grenache comes from 80- to 100-year-old vines, the Syrah from 40-year-old vines. It is one of the vintage's superstars with the inky/purple-colored wine offering up floral, sweet cassis notes intermixed with raspberry and cherry. The wine is full-bodied, richly textured, with beautiful floral and black fruit notes on the palate, full body, fabulous texture, and a ripe, sweet, expansive finish with relatively noticeable tannin. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20 years.

Drink Dates: 2008-2028
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 163

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($62) Bright ruby. Vibrant red berry and cherry aromas, with a complex array of fresh floral and garrigue qualities adding complexity. Nervy, sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate and zesty acidity adds lift on the close. More energetic and finely etched than the 2005 today.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 136

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

A great core of fig, blackberry and black currant fruit, with racy acidity and fine-grained tannins that are the hallmark of 2004, this shows flashes of graphite, spice and mineral on the long, precise finish. Big step up from the 2003. 1,665 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2026
Author: James Molesworth

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Very dark and dense. Quite severe. Very long term. Great liquorice notes – extremely ambitious. Hold for some time.

Drink Dates: 2008-2016
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: johnmhoward
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/02/2012
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Rating: 85
Author: Howard R
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 10/25/2008
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0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Average rating: 93, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

22 bottles owned by 12 collectors.

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About This Producer

Located in the northern part of Chateauneuf du Pape and owned by the Daumen family since 1905, the domaine began bottling a small percentage of wine under its own label in the 1960s. Current owner Jean Paul Daumen's father, Maxime, built new cellars and installed foudres to accommodate the expanding production. The domaine's vines cover approximately 30 hectares and average 60 years of age.
Yields are kept low and all grapes are de-stemmed prior to fermentation. 80% of the production is done in old oak foudres with the remainder in neutral barrels. Biodynamic principles are used in both the vineyards and cellar, and no SO2 is used during the vinification process.

Wine Varietal: Rhone Blend

"Rhone blends" are typically red wines comprised of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre in varying proportions. However, the red blends may also include any of the traditional varieties grown in the Rhone Valley such as the 14 allowed in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. There are also Rhone blend roses which use the same varieties as their red counterparts. White Rhone blends are typically some combination of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache blanc, and lesser varieties.

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