Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Trois Sources 2013
Located on a mild terroir of slopes, between lieu-dit Clavin and les Hauts-lieux, the grenache is perfectly at home there with this mosaic of safres's sands, pebbles and red clays, producing a perfect balance of power and finesse.
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I think a success in the vintage, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape les Trois Source comes from the same terroir as the Reserve cuvee and is 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. It reveals pretty black and blue fruits, leafy herbs, violets and some Pinot Noir-like forest floor characteristic, as well as medium-bodied depth and an elegant, silky texture. It's not a blockbuster, but it's nicely balanced and has sound underlying structure, all suggesting it will have 10-12 years of longevity.
Well-built, with a slightly chunky frame that should settle in soon enough, as the core of dark currant, plum and raspberry paste flavors have ample depth. Dried anise, sweet tobacco and warm ganache notes fill in through the finish. Fresh acidity lends support, giving this a sense of elegance despite the heft.
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne’s wines are not released until Jean-Paul feels they are approaching their peak. This means that his wines age at the cellar and come into the market years after most other Chateauneuf du Papes have come and gone.