Rhône 2019 – Châteauneuf Cuvées Spéciales

Dom de la Vieille Julienne vineyards in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Yesterday the Tradition bottlings, today their fancy stablemates, of which Dom de la Vieille Julienne produces not a few. See also Ali's overview of the southern Rhône in 2019 and this guide to our coverage of Rhône 2019.

Interestingly, I found that there was a step up in quality with the Cuvées Spéciales compared with the Traditions in 2019. This is not something that Richard Hemming MW (who has covered the Rhône releases over the past years for JR.com) has always found to be the case.

There were many deeply concentrated wines that still showed great purity...