2010 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne "Lieu-Dit Clavin" Cotes-du-Rhone (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1126096 90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (roughly 75% old-vines grenache and the rest old-vines mourvedre and syrah, raised in foudres): Deep ruby. Vibrant red and dark berry aromas are complemented by deeper notes of licorice and cola. Spicy and sharply focused, with very good depth and vivacity to its raspberry and mulberry flavors. The tangy finish displays very good clarity and persistence. These vines are located right next to this estate's Chateauneuf plantings.  (5/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Domaine de la Vieille Julienne estate cuvees begin with the 2010 Cotes du Rhone Clavin. These 80+-year old vines were cropped at 25 hectoliters per hectare, resulting in a dense purple-colored 2010 with lots of blueberry, black raspberry, kirsch, smoked herb, lead pencil shavings and spring flower notes. This full-bodied Cotes du Rhone is more similar to a Chateauneuf du Pape than most wines from this humble appellation. Those wines under the name DAUMEN are from Jean-Paul Daumen’s negociant operation. Some of them actually emerge from estate fruit that he has declassified from his vineyards. They are limited production, but exceptionally impressive cuvees, so consumers take note. Daumen is one of the most meticulous viticulturists and winemakers in Chateauneuf du Pape. From his cellars in the appellation’s northern sector known as Gres, he has long fashioned some extraordinary Chateauneuf du Papes as well as a small amount of high octane Cotes du Rhone from some of the oldest vines owned by his family. For starters, Daumen’s 2011s are some of the finest wines of the southern Rhone. Yields for both the estate and negociant cuvees averaged a mere 26 hectoliters per hectare, which is well under two tons of fruit per acre. Never one to rest on his already impressive laurels, Daumen has basically renamed his Chateauneuf du Papes to reflect the parcels from which they emanate. As for the new estate Chateauneuf du Papes, no Reserve cuvee was produced, so there are only two  (10/2012)

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