Lieu-dit Clavin Cote Du Rhone Rouge 2018

La Vieille Julienne

Min order: 1 case (6 bottles)
$46.95 per bottle
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Min order: 1 case (6 bottles)
$46.95 per bottle
  • CountryFrance,
  • RegionRhone Valley,
  • ColourRed,
  • VarietalGrenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault,


"Possibly the greatest Cote Du Rhone I've ever tasted". - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate


"It's Beautiful stuff and I'd wager one of the best Cotes Du Rhone ou there".- Jeb Dunnuck 

This is Jean-Paul’s oldest vineyard, with vines that are beyond 100 years old. It is also the parent material for the parcels within his Chateauneuf vineyards. Indeed, this wine is not a Chateauneuf-du-Pape but it has a tendency to drink like one. The truth about Clavin is that there is a mere twenty-foot wide road that separates his Chateauneuf vineyards from this particular “lieu-dit”(a phrase meaning literally “place name”), Clavin. Jean-Paul thinks in some years Clavin can be better than his Chateauneuf, which commands three to four times the price. The wine is made of nearly 80% Grenache with the rest divided between Mouvedre and Syrah. Sulfites are added at the end of its year in foudre, just before bottling. The wine is neither fined nor filtered.

Producer: La Vieille Julienne

On the heights of « lieu-dit Clavin » and at the northern limit of Chateauneuf du Pape, the estate was born in the 17th century. Today, this old vines vineyard’s of 20 hectares (50 acres), in one single bloc, shared between red Châteauneuf du Pape « les Trois Sources », red Châteauneuf du Pape «les Hauts-lieux» and red and white Côtes du Rhône «lieu-dit Clavin».

The north facing terroir of slopes and its microclimate gives to this unique location a special ability, remaining very well adapted to the extreme current climatic conditions of the southern Rhône Valley and producing singular, harmonious and balanced wines. From generation to generation, terroirs are benefiting from the greatest respect and the vigneron, who remains attentive and sensitive, perpetuates the good practices and the good sense of the farmer.

All the traditional and original grape-varieties are selected, reproduced and planted using complantation (different kinds of grape-varieties mixed inthe same plot). Harvests entirely done by hand allow a first selection in the vineyard and a second selection when the grapes (transported in small boxes), arrive at the winery.

The vinification continues to be traditional and the fermentation is natural, without any addition. The priceless natural yeasts located in the prune (berry), reveal both singularity of each terroirs and single expression for each vintage. Following a long and slow fermentation, wines are drained away in foudre (large oak barrels). Then, after 18 months aging, the bottling is done without fining and filtering.

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