92 Points - Wine Advocate
92 Points - Vinous
Working with 10ha in the northern part of the appellation Chateauneuf du Pape, and with 5ha in Cotes du Rhone, Jean-Paul took over the family vineyards in 1990. In 1905, his ancestors purchased the property and sold solely to negociants, while bottling for family and friends. It wasn’t until the 1960′s that his father started bottling with greater intent, thereby providing Jean-Paul with the foundational knowledge that it took to make Domaine de la Vieille Julienne a brilliant reference point for this appellation. These are traditionally made, extraordinarily concentrated Chateauneuf du Papes created from old vine, biodynamically farmed sites and made from minuscule yields, hands off, no SO2 during vinification, and aged in neutral tanks or old wood.
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne "Les Trois Sources" Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve exhibits an opaque purple color, peppery, spicy, earthy notes, full-bodied intensity, and outstanding concentration, purity, and length. It is another sensational wine, but finding a few bottles will be difficult given the microscopic production. It should drink nicely for 20+ years.
"The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Trois Sources is a blend of 80% Grenache and equal parts Cinsault and Syrah as well as a microscopic portion of Counoise. It is a precocious, dense ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied wine revealing wonderful richness in addition to lots of blue, black and red fruits intermixed with notions of pepper, earth and spice box. Yields from the three sources averaged 22 hectoliters per hectare, which is virtually nothing. Somewhat reminiscent of the successful 1999s, this 2011 should drink well for 10-12 years." - Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby. Fresh red fruits, flowers and Asian spices on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and precise, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a refreshing touch of blood orange. Packs a pretty serious punch but comes off as elegant. Finishes supple and sweet, with gentle tannic grip and lingering floral pastille and spicecake notes." - Vinous
Product of France
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%