Jean-Paul Daumen, fifth generation owner and winemaker of La Vieille Julienne, is one of the most intriguing and influential winemakers in the southern Rhone. Despite being at the top of his field, he remains a dedicated wine student: he is endlessly curious and completely open to new ideas.
Its acreage of vineyards is located on the north side of the Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe appellation in relatively cool positions, which greatly enhances the quality of the wines. He also has plots on the 'Clavin' vineyard, which just falls short of the AOC ('normal' Côtes du Rhône) but is absolutely not inferior in quality.
When Jean-Paul took over the family business in 1990, he immediately started biodynamic viticulture. However, he is not one to follow the teachings to the letter, but he has renounced the use of herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers and chemicals in the vineyard. He also avoids unnatural additives (including cultured yeasts) in the cellar.