"Vieilles Vignes" is a cuvée made from the oldest vines of the estate and among the finest wines produced in France. The concentration provided by the very low yielding old vines is simply amazing here! This full-bodied, black and oaky Chateauneuf has an astonishing complexity with rich flavours of black fruit, cherry, spices and vanilla. Named in the Top 3 Châteauneuf-du-Pape of the vintage by the Wine Advocate and got a spectacular 18/20 from Jancis Robinson. If you fall for it, make sure you decant it well in advance or keep it for a long while. Available in very limited quantity!
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|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Alain Jaume & Fils
Dry Red wine
50% Grenache Noir
from now to 2032
2-4 hours before, ideally decanted
Slow cooked red meat, venison, wild boar
Rounded pebbles on clay
Organic - Certified
16 months in oak barrels for 60% of the wine, in concrete tanks for the rest
|What experts say|
97/100 "The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is in the top 2-3 wines in the vintage. Possessing rock-star concentration and depth, full-bodied richness and loads of sweet tannin, it offers layers of ripe blackberry, graphite, licorice and toasted-spice aromas and flavors. One of the more powerful and structured efforts in the vintage, it nevertheless always stays balanced, graceful and light on the palate. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2027."
18/20 "50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah. Masculine and savoury. Serious stuff that is ultimately very satisfying. Lots of density up front and then real energy on the finish. Deep and concentrated. Tannins built in here nicely. Very appealing."