The wines from Vielle Julienne are limited in 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.
WS95 Wine Spectator:
"Densely layered but racy in feel, with a strong graphite spine supporting rich raspberry compote, blackberry coulis and steeped plum notes. Lovely anise and black tea details add more nuance to the finish. The well-embedded grip suggests this should cellar nicely. Best from 2016 through 2030. "
RP93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"There are only 6,000 bottles of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hauts Lieux, which comes from pure limestone soils. It boasts an impressive purple color in addition to lots of mineral-laced, crushed rock, blueberry, boysenberry and raspberry notes. The stunning purity, full-bodied mouthfeel and voluptuous, long finish make for a potentially legendary Chateauneuf du Pape."
La Vieille Julienne, Chateauneuf-du-Pape les Hauts-lieux 2010