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Date Printed: 11/24/2014
Domaine La Milliere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2007
Domaine La Milliere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2007
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The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/24/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 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:

"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes reveals gorgeous aromas of spring flowers, crushed black cherries, ink, lavender, and spice. The wine is dense ruby/purple-hued, deep, and full-bodied with terrific concentration, a layered texture, and a stunningly long finish. It should drink beautifully young, yet age for 15 or more years. Young proprietors Aime and Michel Arnaud continue to turn out forward, complex, seductive Chateauneuf du Papes."
Wine Advocate 92-94

"Bright ruby. Intensely perfumed, with a spicy bouquet of raspberry, kirsch, smoky herbs and minerals. Open-knit red and dark berry flavors coat the palate and are supported by fine-grained tannins. Finishes with good sweetness, clarity and an echo of minerals. Here's another 2007 that will be very appealing on release."
International Wine Cellar 90-93

My Notes:

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.