I reviewed the 2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape in Issue #1, and this bottle was consistent with that review. One of the top successes in the vintage, this goes from strength to strength with stunning aromatics and a blockbuster palate that delivers full bodied power, yet is light, perfectly balanced and incredibly long. I’m a huge fan and this should be a long lived Châteauneuf. Drink now-2030.
The nose is incredibly pure with raspberry, black cherries, a hint of fig and a touch of cooked meats that should evolve after bottling. Very fresh with good definition. The palate is incredibly smooth and downright sexy on the entry, utterly harmonious with blackberries, touches of cassis and a touch of damson. This is unreservedly a thrilling Chateauneuf-du-Pape, opulent, incredibly focused. (NM)
Very ripe, but focused and pure, with a gorgeous core of crushed plum, pastis and raspberry ganache notes stitched together with long, velvety tannins. Spice, fruitcake and melted licorice notes echo through the superlong finish. (JM)
85% Grenache. No stems. Aged in tank and old wood. Very, very dark crimson. Savoury. Real vibrancy and savour. Still lots of tannin. (JR) 17.5/20 points
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