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Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhône Valley, France

Vieille Julienne

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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Vineyards

I strive to find the best practices rather than set myself a goal in terms of a finished product. All of my decisions are made for the future. What motivates me is to install our wines in the long run, even if the path is longer, more complicated and difficult

Jean-Paul Daumen

Daumen is one of the most meticulous viticulturists and winemakers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. From his cellars in the appellation’s northern sector known as Gres, he has long fashioned some extraordinary Châteauneuf-du-Papes.

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About Vieille Julienne

Over the last decade, Jean-Paul Daumen, proprietor/winemaker at Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, has emerged as one of France’s most compelling wine producers. He is a driven man that will sacrifice anything for quality in his wines. For example, in the rain-soaked 2002 vintage he harvested only 50% of the crop, and then rejected half of that. One-fourth of a crop does not make economic sense, but Jean-Paul has his eye on a much longer-term goal. All his wines are labours of love.

Jean-Paul farms 10 hectares in Northern Châteauneuf-du-Pape and 5 hectares in Côtes du Rhône “lieu-dit Clavin” for Vieille Julienne, including the ancient vines his family planted at the turn of the century– all biodynamically. Daumen’s winemaking philosophies are remarkably simple – old vines, tiny yields of around 20 hectoliters per hectare, no SO2 during vinification, aging in neutral tanks or wood, and bottling without fining or filtration — and they combine to give Vieille Julienne’s wines their distinctive character.

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Region:  Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France

Year Founded:  1905

Name Of Proprietor:  Daumen Family

Name Of Winemaker:  Jean-Paul Daumen

Offer Schedule:  All Wines – Spring

Cultivated Area:  15 hectares

Topography: North-facing terraces

Soil Type:  Round quartz stones galets roulés, limestone, gravel, and & red clay

Annual Production:  40,000 – 45,000 bottles

Varieties Cultivated:  Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cournoise, Cinsault, Muscardin, Vaccarèse


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