2005 Domaine De La Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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. Give it another 2-3 years and drink it through 2025. (JD)
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.
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(+?) points.
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)