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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 1998

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 1998

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Unveiling a Classic: A Look at the 1998 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

The 1998 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a testament to the exceptional ageing potential of wines from the Southern Rhône Valley. With over two decades of bottle age, this distinguished bottle offers a complex and rewarding drinking experience for any wine enthusiast.

A Storied Vineyard

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne is a renowned producer in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a prestigious appellation known for its bold and expressive red wines. Nestled amidst the sun-drenched vineyards of the Rhône Valley, the estate boasts 25 hectares of vines planted on the classic "galets roulés" – rounded pebbles – that characterise the region's terroir. These well-drained soils contribute to the concentration and intensity of the grapes, ultimately reflected in the final wine.

The 1998 Vintage: A Tale of Two Faces

The 1998 vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a tale of two halves. While the early part of the growing season saw ideal conditions, a late heatwave and drought presented challenges. However, skilled winemakers like those at Domaine de la Vieille Julienne were able to navigate these difficulties and produce wines with remarkable balance and depth.

Uncorking the 1998 Vieilles Vignes: A Tasting Journey

As the 1998 Vieilles Vignes unfurls in the glass, a deep garnet colour with hints of brick red takes centre stage. On the nose, a captivating bouquet unfolds, revealing aromas of black cherry, plum, and damson, intertwined with subtle notes of leather, earth, and dried herbs. Hints of spice, such as clove and pepper, add a touch of complexity.

On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and structured, with surprisingly well-preserved tannins that lend a sense of grip and elegance. The rich fruit flavours from the nose carry through onto the palate, mingling with hints of liquorice, tobacco, and a touch of chocolate. Despite its age, the wine displays a surprising freshness, a testament to the quality of the fruit and the winemaking expertise.

Food Pairings for the 1998 Vieilles Vignes

The 1998 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du- Pape Vieilles Vignes is a versatile food pairing wine, capable of complementing a wide range of dishes. Here are some suggestions to elevate your dining experience:

  • Rich Meats: This wine stands up beautifully to hearty red meat dishes. Consider pairing it with slow-roasted lamb shank, grilled rib-eye steak with a peppery sauce, or a rich beef casserole.
  • Game: The robust tannins and savoury notes of the wine make it a perfect match for game birds like roast pheasant or duck à l'orange. The earthiness of the wine complements the gamy flavours of the meat.
  • Strong Cheeses: Mature cheddar, Gruyère, or other strong cheeses find their match in the robust character of the Vieilles Vignes. The creaminess of the cheese cuts through the tannins, creating a harmonious pairing.
  • Hearty Vegetarian Dishes: Don't neglect vegetarian options! A mushroom Wellington or a lentil stew with winter vegetables can hold their own against this powerful wine.

The Final Sip: A Timeless Classic

The 1998 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a remarkable wine that showcases the ageing potential of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. With its complex aromas, full-bodied structure, and surprising freshness, this wine is a true collector's item and a delight for any discerning wine drinker.

Looking to Acquire a Bottle?

At The General Wine Company, we understand the allure of aged wines. While the 1998 Vieilles Vignes may be limited in availability, we offer a carefully curated selection of mature wines from the Rhône Valley and other prestigious regions.  Browse our collection on our website https://www.thegeneralwine.co.uk/ or contact us for assistance in finding the perfect bottle to grace your table.

 

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