Domaine de la Vieille Julienne
Jean-Paul Daumen’s family first acquired the domaine in 1905 from the Julienne family, and sold their entire production to negociants before undertaking limited domaine bottling in the late 1960s. Jean-Paul began working in the domaine in 1990 and gradually introduced biodynamic viticultural methods.
The Domaine has 10.5 ha of vines in the northern part of the appellation, out of which half ha of white varieties. Some of the plots have Granache vines over a century old, and 40% of plantings are between 80-90 years old. The grapes are hand picked and double sorted at the vineyard and again at the winery. No sulfites are added to the destemmed grapes, which is probably one of the most important change Jean-Paul had introduced. Over extraction is carefully avoided during the temperature-controlled fermentation. The wine is transferred by gravity to foudres and 1 to 3 years old barrels for 12-18 months. The wine is neither fined nor filtered.
Until 2001, a “Cuvée Vielles Vignes” was produced from 80% 80-100 years old Granache, 10% of Mouvedre and 10% Syrah.
The “Cuvée Reserve” is only made in good vintages, consisting of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mouvedre, 10% Counoise and 5% Cinsault.