This 2-pack includes 1 bottle of 2008 - Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf Du Pape, and 1 bottle of 2010 - Domaine Tour Saint Michel Cuvee Des Deux Soeurs Chateauneuf Du Pape.
2008 - Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf Du Pape
"Shows the mix of both raisin and damson plum fruit that is the hallmark of the vintage, but this has better density and even more ripeness than most, with linzer torte, blackberry and sweet spice notes filling in the core and ample grip holding sway on the finish. Impressive for the vintage. Best from 2014 through 2027. 1,900 cases made. -JM" (2012) - 93 Pts Wine Spectator
"60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault. Some parcels of the Grenache are over 100 years old, 40% of the vineyards are 80-90 years old. Before fermentation, the grapes are 100% de-stemmed, followed by alcoholic fermentation in temperature controlled cement tanks with no sulfur added. The wine is aged in large foudres for 1-3 years. Production is approximately 2,000 cases." -Importer
"From southern Rhone, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne is no stranger to many a vintner's coveted success. In 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2006, Robert Parker awarded 100 points to Jean-Paul Daumen's Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. But in 2007 when Jean-Paul tasted the Reserve, he was not impressed. He decided against bottling it because in his mind, the wine wasn't much different from that of the other parcels."
"Working with 10ha in the northern part of the appellation Chateauneuf du Pape, and with 5ha in Cotes du Rhone, Jean-Paul took over the family vineyards in 1990. In 1905, his ancestors purchased the property and sold solely to negociants, while bottling for family and friends. It wasn't until the 1960's that his father started bottling with greater intent, thereby providing Jean-Paul with the foundational knowledge that it took for him to develop his award winning wines."
"When Jean-Paul took over the estate in 1990, he began working towards organic certification while practicing biodynamics in the vineyard. Inspired by the expression of terroir, Jean-Paul knows that wines taste best when naturally produced. Favoring wild yeasts and neutral woods, Daumen is a man of manual labor, who hand harvests his 100+ year old vines, punches down caps, and controls temperatures not with the aid of a computer system, but by checking the temperatures of tanks by hand, and regulating with "drapes"-- the aluminum piping that carries hot or cold water to heat or cool the tanks. Adhering not to syndicate mandates, Daumen eschews the two syndicate bottle designs for Chateauneuf du Pape - the embossed papal cap and the keys and crest." -Importer
This was also rated 89 points by Robert Parker.
2010 - Domaine Tour Saint Michel Cuvee Des Deux Soeurs Chateauneuf Du Pape
"Rich, layered, and deep, with creamy black raspberry, licorice, charred earth, lavender, and spring flower driven aromatics, the 2010 Cuvee des Deux Soeurs is medium to full-bodied, seamless, and overall supple and elegant on the palate. A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah aged all in concrete, this beauty will drink well for just under a decade." (10/12) - 91 Pts Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report
"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Deux Soeurs is made from a blend identical to the 2011-s. Aromas and flavors of spring flowers, raspberries, kirsch, truffles and forest floor are present in this complex, lush, forward, full-bodied fruit bomb. Enjoy it over the next decade."
"The wines of Tour Saint-Michel have been dramatically rising in quality over the recent vintages. Owned by two women, Elaine Fabre and her daughter, Mireille Porte, assisted by well-known consultant Xavier Vignon, this large estate was created in 1930, and now encompasses over 90 acres of vines. In most top vintages, three cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape are produced. I only tasted two offerings in 2011, both of them very good." (10/12) - 90 Pts Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Mid ruby. Aromatic. Sweet and not that ambitious for the long term but a very comforting drink along the lines of mulled wine. Chewy finish. Drink from 2014 to 2020. -JR" (12/11) - 16.5 out of 20 Points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages.
"The wines of the estate are developed by Mireille and reveal her more feminine touch. This results in subtle and round aromas while keeping the typicity of Chateauneuf du Pape wines.
After being hand-harvested and processed with a strict selection, the grapes are taken to the cellar in order to be destemmed and transferred into tanks."
"For red wine, during the alcoholic fermentation, we proceed to different stages: control of temperature by cooling system, pumping over, ventilation, punching of the cap."
"The way we age the red Chateauneuf du Pape wines depends on the different cuvees - either in concrete tank, in cask or in oak barrels." - Winery
" The Domaine Tour Saint Michel has been a family estate for 3 generations.
At first, Michel FABRE, the founder of the estate in 1930, passed on his passion to his son, Henri.
Together with his wife Eliane, he developed and extended the estate. Today, the vines cover 40 hectares, including 35 hectares in the appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Mireille, their daughter, is now in charge of the estate, inspired by the family tradition but also bringing a more modern approach."
"The estate is located in Chateauneuf-du-Pape,in the south of the appellation (Grand Coulet, Les Serres ..)" - Winery
This wine was also rated 88+ Points by the International Wine Cellar.