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Château Donjon Minervois 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

"Robert Parker 94: The powerful 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape comes closest in character to the 1990 (which is still drinking beautifully). Its dark ruby/plum/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of resiny pine forest interwoven with creme de cassis, black cherries, melted licorice, and smoky herbs. In the mouth, gamy, meaty flavors emerge along with black currants, cherries, and a hint of the sushi wrapper called nori. Full, rich, and moderately tannic, this 2003 requires another 1-3 years of bottle age, and should keep for 12-15 years."" (2006) Decanter 5 Stars: Big, brooding, packed with dark/red fruit, notes of cherry and cassis. Rich, powerful and concentrated. Imposing structure. Long finish. Drink 2007-18. Wine Spectator 93: Hard as nails now, this is packed with ultraripe plum and blackberry fruit all supported by brawny, muscular tannins that romp through a licorice- and tar-filled finish. May be ferocious for some, but those who sock it away in the cellar will be rewarded. Best from 2008 through 2025. 5,000 cases made. (JM) (11/05) Steven Tanzer 93: Dark red. Sweet, exotic aromas of blackberry, cassis, molasses, bitter chocolate and dried flowers. Richly textured and dense, offering ripe dark berry flavors and nuances of floral pastilles and dark chocolate. A fat, unctuous wine that also boasts excellent purity of fruit and length, with soft, rounded tannins. (1/06) """

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External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

Hard as nails now, this is packed with ultraripe plum and blackberry fruit all supported by brawny, muscular tannins that romp through a licorice- and tar-filled finish. May be ferocious for some, but those who sock it away in the cellar will be rewa... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 1500ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Dark red. Sweet, exotic aromas of blackberry, cassis, molasses, bitter chocolate and dried flowers. Richly textured and dense, offering ripe dark berry flavors and nuances of floral pastilles and dark chocolate. A fat, unctuous wine that also boasts ... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 1500ml



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"Robert Parker 94: The powerful 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape comes closest in character to the 1990 (which is still drinking beautifully). Its dark ruby/plum/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of resiny pine forest interwoven with creme de cassis, black cherries, melted licorice, and smoky herbs. In the mouth, gamy, meaty flavors emerge along with black currants, cherries, and a hint of the sushi wrapper called nori. Full, rich, and moderately tannic, this 2003 requires another 1-3 years of bottle age, and should keep for 12-15 years."" (2006) Decanter 5 Stars: Big, brooding, packed with dark/red fruit, notes of cherry and cassis. Rich, powerful and concentrated. Imposing structure. Long finish. Drink 2007-18. Wine Spectator 93: Hard as nails now, this is packed with ultraripe plum and blackberry fruit all supported by brawny, muscular tannins that romp through a licorice- and tar-filled finish. May be ferocious for some, but those who sock it away in the cellar will be rewarded. Best from 2008 through 2025. 5,000 cases made. (JM) (11/05) Steven Tanzer 93: Dark red. Sweet, exotic aromas of blackberry, cassis, molasses, bitter chocolate and dried flowers. Richly textured and dense, offering ripe dark berry flavors and nuances of floral pastilles and dark chocolate. A fat, unctuous wine that also boasts excellent purity of fruit and length, with soft, rounded tannins. (1/06) """

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