2012 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape les Hauts-Lieux

Year: 2012
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Jeff Leve: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
Price :


"Big and broad, with layers of red currant and plum paste, raspberry confiture and melted black licorice all folding together, framed by a smoldering charcoal note and backed by a long graphite spine. Lovely spice nuances fill in on the finish. Rock-solid and will reward patient cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2030. 50 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"More firm and backwards, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Hauts Lieux is a longer-term prospect. Big minerality, dark fruits, iron, steel and licorice all emerge from the glass. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, edgy and concentrated, with building tannin. Give this beauty 4-5 years in the cellar and enjoy through 2032. It should be one of the longest lived efforts in the vintage.

Jean-Paul Daumen continues to fashion some of the top wines of the vintage, in just about every vintage. We started the tasting with his 2013s and these have to be considered successes in the vintage. Finishing up harvest on October 17th, the wines have classic Vieille Julienne characters, as well as good concentration and ripe tannic structure. I think they’ll be some of the longest-lived wines in the vintage. Looking at the 2012s, these are stunning wines that show the more structured, age-worthy side to the vintage. While I normally prefer the Hauts Lieux, the 2012 les Trois Sources has more flesh and texture at this point. Either way, both are superb and warrant a place in your cellar. In addition, his Daumen label continues to offer serious bang for the buck." (WA)

"Vivid ruby. Intense mineral- and spice-accented red berry liqueur and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity, with a hint of cola adding depth. Displays sweet black raspberry and bitter chocolate on the palate, with tangy acidity and a hint of white pepper adding vivacity and cut. Expands and gains sweetness on the strikingly long finish, showing lingering lavender pastille and spicecake qualities and fully integrated tannins. " (VM)

"The 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Hauts Lieux comes from a slightly higher, cooler terroir and incorporates more Mourvèdre. It’s always a more backward, firm, yet concentrated wine and the 2012 is inky colored and offers tons of minerality in its black and blue fruits. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and layered, it’s going to be one of the longest-lived wines in the vintage." (JD)

"Juicy plum, black cherry and kirsch, with supple textures and sweet, spicy, round black cherry notes really take off in the open, plush textured, spicy finish. 2882 Views Tasted Aug 12, 2014" (JL)