2011 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne "Les Hauts Lieux" Chateauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1303876 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Coming from a higher elevation, cooler terroir and limestone soils, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hauts Lieux is a total rock star in the vintage and checks in as a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and the balance Counoise and Cinsault, which was aged all in foudre. Harvested very late (and this estate normally harvests on the early side) and not wrapping up until October, it possesses gorgeous purity, with mineral-tinged aromas of blackberry, currants, licorice, ground herbs and violets all soaring from the glass. An all-around powerful, structured and rich 2011, with a full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific acidity and big tannin, it will be one of the longest-lived wines in the vintage. (JD)  (10/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. Aromas of raspberry liqueur, cherry, potpourri and Asian spices on the exotically perfumed nose. Juicy, penetrating and sweet, with intense black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a supple, velvety texture. Finishes very long, with smooth, melting tannins and a strong note of candied flowers. There's a full-bore 16% alcohol here but I wouldn't have guessed it. (JR)  (1/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a sleek, racy feel, with an ample core of raspberry pâte de fruit, plum sauce and licorice notes allied to a graphite spine. The long finish oozes spice while maintaining a solid tug of earth. (JM)  (7/2014)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 16