Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

4. Le Vieux Donjon Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape (2010)

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Average price: $48.99 from 134 stores
This had the most complex nose of the night, filled with spicy sweet/tart red fruit, fines herbs, a little beef jerky, and dustings of coffee and black pepper with a developing olive note. Smooth in the mouth, this seemed a little soft next to its peers, with a palate that showed fine dark berry fruit framed by flavors of olives and herbs that recalled the nose but lacked a bit of focus and definition. Perhaps with a hint of brett as well, as there seems to be a touch of band aid here. The finish shows fine length and finesse, leading me to believe that time will be kind here, giving at least the impression of age-worthiness. 89pts
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  • 541617CarlJBonura Domaine Durieu make a beautiful Chateauneuf du Pape that fills the mouth and is excellently priced at list of $40 but which can be found for under $30. I think it is an excellent buy.

  • 253137hugh27 I could not disagree more- the wines chosen with the exception of Beaucastel are always poorer performers to some of the lesser lights- just because they have the name does not mean they have the quality- For Vacqueyras there is non better than Domaine de Monardiere and Gigondas Les Goubert- but for Chateauneuf the top available stars are Clos deu Caillou, Grand Tinel, & Bosquet des Papes, sadly the best but almost impossible to find -Domaine de Marcooux- 100 points, Roger Sabon, 99 pts and Laurent Charvin, 99 pts. also give a look at Olivier Hillaire

  • 1098305Tom Wandeloski I was able to taste and review the 2009 vintage recently. It was very good. Fruit notes of plum and fig with a hint of cocoa and tobacco. It has a long finish on the palette with mid-acidity. This wine has not peaked and will mature nicely over time (2019-2024).

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