Le Vieux Donjon Lucien Michel Châteauneuf du Pape le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2008
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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.
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.
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.
The two component parts of the 2000 Châteauneuf du Pape were tasted. The first reveals fabulous concentration, large-scaled, blockbuster power, and notes of pepper, leather, tapenade, and blackberry/cherry fruit. The other cuvée was more opulent, but just as full-bodied, emphasizing pure black fruits and less spice/roasted notes. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2018.
Beautiful, silky Châteauneuf terroir aromas: leather, game, truffles, plum, dried herbs, lead pencil. It all swirls around in the palate, a deeply satisfying blend that surprises and brings to mind something as simple as a walk in the country on a rainy autumn day. Supple tannins on the balanced finish. Drink now through 2010.
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.