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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Domaine La Milliere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (half-bottle) 2009
Domaine La Milliere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (half-bottle) 2009
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A dynamic, savory and stunningly pure wine that captures all the saturated richness of the 2009 vintage without the excess; it may be better than the estate's stunning 2007 and will certainly reward a hundredfold in a cool cellar. Precise, peppery aromas and the complexity of Moroccan spices show on the expressive nose; the mouth delivers cherries, licorice and colorful peppercorns yet retains a purity and balance that seems almost magical considering its flavorful concentration. The estate's stony terroir (the classic Châteauneuf "galets roules") are present in the nose and finish, a mineral edge that keeps every sip lively and well-defined. A heady blend of 70% Grenache, 8% Mourvèdre, 8% Syrah, 8% Cinsault and 6% Counoise, aged completely in the family's older foudre.
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About Domaine La Milliere:

All of Arnaud's Châteauneuf vines are located in Cabrières, just below Mont Redon. This region is blessed with the best soils of Châteauneuf—round galet stones the size of fists, well-draining sand, and mineral-rich limestone. Vines that have seen close to a century of life in Châteauneuf sit north/west on Arnaud’s vineyard slopes.

Ancient too are the vines Arnaud sources for his "smaller" crus. Some of Arnaud's oldest Grenache vines grow in his vineyards just below Mont Redon. These 100+ year old vines produce incredibly dense fruit that make up his finest Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône-Villages wines.

Millière’s Merlot vineyards sit right next to his Côtes du Rhône plots. These younger vines grow on sandy, clay-based soils. This region, just north of Cabrières near Orange, is very good for vin de pays. The mistral sweeps through, keeping humidity low, while sandy soils provide good drainage. A "joli terroir de Merlot," says Millière.

Arnaud’s life philosophy is organic—in the fields and in his kitchen, too.