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Le Vieux Donjon Lucien Michel Châteauneuf du Pape le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2008

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"This is rock-solid, with crushed raspberry, kirsch, juniper and smoked apple wood notes, backed by a broad, plush, spice- and anise-filled finish. Nicely rounded and integrated for the vintage...93" WS 10/10

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External Reviews for Le Vieux Donjon Lucien Michel Châteauneuf du Pape le Vieux Donjon Rouge

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Deep ruby cast. Moderately full-bodied. Full acidity. Moderately extracted. Moderately tannic. Pepper, red fruits, minerals. Engagingly aromatic, with a lean and firm quality that reveals impressive, mineral depth and persistence through the finish. A "traditional" style in the best sense of the word.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

I have been buying the wines of Le Vieux Donjon for well over a decade, and I continue to be impressed by how consistently classic they are. The 1995 Châteauneuf-du-Pape displays an opaque purple color, followed by a pungent, fragrant nose of over ripe black-cherries, sweet, barbecue smoke, roasted herbs and meats, and an enthralling chocolatey, cherry component. Thick, unctuous, and powerful, with layers of flavor, this wine is obviously made from extremely ripe fruit and low yields. These wines are bottled with no filtration. Don't miss them.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Super-rich and full-bodied, with an exotic, over-ripe quality, this large-scale wine was obviously made from extremely ripe fruit and low yields... a potential blockbuster for the vintage.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/11/2011

ST: 90 Points RP: 88-90 Points


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The outstanding 1998 Le Vieux Donjon could turn out to be a spectacular Châteauneuf-du-Pape that rivals the dazzlingly sumptuous 1990. The color is a saturated ruby/purple, and the wine is obviously made from extremely low yields and/or old vines. Knock-out aromas of smoke, spice, licorice, dried herbs, and black fruit jumps from the glass of this full-bodied powerfully constructed, unctuously-textured wine. A riveting mid-palate suggests superb intensity, concentration, and potential longevity. Think of this wine as blood of the Grenache! Its low acidity gives it a forward appeal, which will serve well when released. It also possesses the power, stirring, and concentration to last for 15+ years. A blockbuster!


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Full ruby-red. Aromatic nose of peppery red fruits, with a hint of roasted ripeness. Sweetly penetrating in the mouth, with firm acids giving the spice cake flavors excellent verve and thrust. Not especially fat, but ripely tannic, subtle and long, and built to age. Very much in the fresh style of the vintage.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape represents an educational tour of the southern Rhône, in particular, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It possesses all the appellation's classic components - underbrush, garrigue, licorice, pepper, lavender, sweet black cherries, and incense. Extremely perfumed and heady, this full-bodied, moderately tannic offering comes close to matching the mass and blockbuster power of the 1998. Firm tannin in the finish suggests a long aging curve. Given my experience with Le Vieux Donjon, most of the classic vintages hit their peak at 7-8 years, where they remain for 5-6 years.


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"This is rock-solid, with crushed raspberry, kirsch, juniper and smoked apple wood notes, backed by a broad, plush, spice- and anise-filled finish. Nicely rounded and integrated for the vintage...93" WS 10/10

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Alcohol: 14%

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