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Your chance to order wines with 10+ years of aging in our cellars!
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Dear <<First Name>>,

I am delighted to bring you with an exclusive offer of some library wines from vintages 10+ years old that have been quietly resting in our cellar since they were produced.

We hold onto a small number of bottles each vintage in order to revisit them with age and monitor the wines' evolution. A recent tasting of our Chateauneuf du Pape from the 2000s was so impressive that we decided to do a special release of those cuvées exclusively for our Patron's List members.

Châteauneuf du Pape Vertical 4-Packs -- 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
You may recall that we have two distinct terroirs at Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, and that we vinify the grapes from each separately. Prior to 2010 we blended everything into a single domaine wine, whereas now we bottle them into separate cuvées (Les Hauts-Lieux and Les Trois Sources). The four wines we are offering today were produced prior to that change, and reflect the classic style of our domaine and the region, as well as the northerly exposition of the terrasses on which our vines grow.

In addition to giving you a unique opportunity to taste our flagship Châteauneuf du Pape in four exceptional vintages - 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 - this is above all a perfect chance to understand our traditional wine and compare the vintage differences between four wines that were made exactly the same way and from the same vines.

Our traditional Châteauneuf du Pape is typically ~70% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 20% Cinsault, Counoise, Mouvedres and others. The aging is done in old foudre (never new oak), which contributes to the overall richness and structure of this wine that usually benefits a few years’ aging.

Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate is one of the most knowledgeable and consistent critics of wines from our region, and his scores and comments from years past are below.

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf du Pape 2003
Although 2003 was a worrisome vintage because of the heat, it finally produced a very concentrated and intense wine. Almost fifteen years later, this wine is still aging gorgeously and I am sure you will appreciate its remaining intensity.
  • 94 points. Described as a “complicated” vintage by Jean-Paul, the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blockbuster-styled effort that shows the vintage’s perfumed, ripe character. Giving up plenty of spices, saddle leather, licorice and roasted herb qualities, it has a core of sweet fruit, full-bodied richness and depth, and a finish that pumps out loads of fruit. There’s still some underlying tannin here to watch going forward, but it’s hard to resist and one character-filled wine to drink over the coming 3-5 years.

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf du Pape 2004
In 2004, the conditions were absolutely typical for the region (we didn’t get as much heat as the previous year), making a fruit-forward and more balanced blend.
  • 93 points. Similar in style to the 2008, yet with more richness, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape is ready to go, with up-front spice, ground herbs, dried licorice and sweet black cherry-styled fruits. Medium to full-bodied, layered, balanced and beautifully drinkable, it should be consumed over the coming 5-7 years.

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf du Pape 2005
2005 will remain in the books as an exceptional vintage for us, mostly thanks to ideal weather conditions all year round. With high temperatures (but not too hot), a bit of wind to keep the vineyard dry and healthy and some cool nights in the summer, the perfect conditions were gathered to produce beautiful grapes that gave us a concentrated and well-balanced wine.
  • 95 points. The most masculine and structured of the group, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is locked and loaded, with serious concentration, big tannin and no shortage of length on the finish. Coming from a year that featured a cool summer and then scorching temps around harvest, this beauty doles out loads of creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and crushed rock-like minerality, as well as a seamless, perfectly balanced profile. Give it another 2-3 years and drink it through 2025.

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf du Pape 2007
The summer of 2007 was the driest in the previous two decades. Our experience in the vineyard allowed us to optimize the harvest in order to let the grapes reach their maturity. We ended up with a wine of great quality, a balanced aromatic profile and beautiful colors.
  • 96 points. With no Reserve bottling in the vintage, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape incorporates all of the top plots of the estate. An incredible wine that’s always performed brilliantly any time I’ve opened a bottle, it gives up layered, ripe aromas and flavors of black raspberry, crushed violets, black licorice and graphite (the wine see only very old foudre and no new oak? ever) to go with a voluptuous, concentrated and structured personality. While there’s no shortage of tannin here, they’re sweet, polished and integrated. Give it another year or two and drink it over the following decade.

In addition to this special 4-pack offer, please note that we are also offering a few individual bottles of the vintages 2003 and 2004, until they sell out.
Exclusive Châteauneuf du Pape Vertical 4-Pack Offer
One 750ml bottle each of 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007

Price: $N/A per 4-Pack (limit 3 per customer)

Additional bottles of 2003 and 2004 vintage available for $N/A each (limit 3)

 
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You may also order by replying to this email or contacting my colleagues at VinConnect directly at 434.218.2120 before 21 March. They will process your order and will handle the logistics of getting the wine from my cellar here in Orange to yours.

Orders for 4 or more bottles total will have shipping included, and the wines should arrive in the U.S. sometime in June.
 
A bientôt, 

Jean-Paul Daumen
Winemaker / Caretaker
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne
Vieille Julienne cellar
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