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2016 Domaine De La Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Hauts-Lieux

Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
$215. 00
$2580.00 Dozen
Cellar: 10 - 15 Years (2029-2034)
ABV: 15.5%
Closure: Cork

One of the undisputed stars from the sensational 2016 vintage.

Superb inky black core with a very deep dark red black hue. Intoxicating aromatics of black raspberries, liquorice and black cherries engulf the olfactory senses. Scorched earth, subtle incense, herbs du Provence, dried meats and blackpepper notes then ensue. Lush and power packed, the palate boasts off the chart levels of richness with black cherry, black raspberry and liquorice flavours delivered with tremendous force and concentration. Flanking the fruit are complexing elements of scorched earth, black olives, provincial herbs, dried meats and a burst of blackpepper on the finish. A firm, robust tannin structure gives the back palate a grippy feel and definition. Riveting and sensationally long aftertaste saturated in an enormous volume of black fruits.
Cellar 10-15 years.
Alc. 15.5%

Other Reviews….
A true “wow” wine, the deep, concentrated 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts-Lieux (there's 20% Mourvèdre) offers awesome notes of blackcurrants, smoked meats, graphite, crushed rocks, and licorice. Extraordinarily concentrated, perfectly balanced, structured, and long, it's another sensational wine from this estate. It needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will cruise for 15-20 after that. Drink 2022-2042.
99 points