2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1123093 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The most masculine and structured of the group, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is locked and loaded, with serious concentration, big tannin and no shortage of length on the finish. Coming from a year that featured a cool summer and then scorching temps around harvest, this beauty doles out loads of creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and crushed rock-like minerality, as well as a seamless, perfectly balanced profile. (JD)  (8/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Showing beautifully, with intense fig, black currant and boysenberry fruit and dark chocolate, date bread, spice and mineral notes. This is both powerful and pure at the same time, with a superlong finish. Seriously structured. Drink now through 2030. (JM)  (11/2007)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky ruby. Ripe, powerful boysenberry and blueberry aromas are deepened by musky tobacco and dark chocolate. Weighty dark berry flavors verge on thick; initially brooding but brightens with air, picking up an energetic, stony character. Red fruits build on a long, sappy finish. A serious style, and not for those who demand elegance. 93+ (JR)  (2/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Cask sample. Deep dark black cherry with opaque core. Incredibly dense and dark on the nose. Brooding but inviting but with a hint of pâtisserie sweetness. Terrific fruit density and tightly packed fruit, like a tightly closed door with light behind it. Tannins are dry and fresh and beautifully fine. 18/20 points  (3/2007)

K&L Notes

96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This sample was opened two days ago but wow, what a wine! This has more intensity on the nose than the 2004, touches of macerated black cherries, stewed figs, a touch of raisin and honey. Very good definition. A powerful, swarthy nose, hints of black olives developing. The palate is full-bodied but with stunning definition and balance. Amazing focus and poise. Firm tannins; a solid Chateauneuf-du-Pape, certainly a vin de garde and is imbued with longer longevity. A little dry on the finish but that merely lends this bravura Chateauneuf so much freshness. A great wine." (01/2009)

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Chateauneuf du Pape