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Notwithstanding some complaints by friends about the scent of this wine, I find the nose quite enticing: the soft red fruit has camperis mushroom a... Read more
The nose opened over time to show blackberry, dark currant, crisp bacon, ginger spice, herbes de Provence and a hint of citrus. On the palate it wa... Read more
The two component parts of the 2000 Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape were tasted. The first reveals fabulous concentration, large-scaled, blockbuster power... Read more
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Notwithstanding some complaints by friends about the scent of this wine, I find the nose quite enticing: the soft red fruit has camperis mushroom and bacon fat in the background plus some barnyard straw. On entry more mushroom and acidic wild red fruit (like pincherry); there is a slight acerbity on the finish common with Grenache (in my experience). A fine CdP for the price. Keep for 2-3 years or drink now. 90 points.
The nose opened over time to show blackberry, dark currant, crisp bacon, ginger spice, herbes de Provence and a hint of citrus. On the palate it was full bodied with dark fruit tones hinting at blueberry and plum, along with dark earth, minerals and fig, which last through the finish, coating the palate with intense fruit extract and a hint of tannin. This wine continued to open up over the three hours it was in decanter. It's was still showing youthful tannin but there's so much intense fruit that I can imagine it will only get better. At this time, it's highly enjoyable but would benefit from a few more years in the cellar. (93 points)
External Reviews for Le Vieux Donjon Red Chateauneuf-du-Pape
The two component parts of the 2000 Chacirc;teauneuf 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 cuveacute;e was more opulent, but just as full-bodied, emphasizing pure black fruits and less spice/roasted notes. Anticipated maturity: 2005ndash;2018.
The 2000 and 1999 Chacirc;teauneuf de Papes nearly rival their superb 1998. Like most Chacirc;teauneufs, these wines see no new oak, and are generally backward upon release, needing (particularly in the most concentrated years) 5ndash;6 years of cellaring. One of the stars of the vintage, Le Vieux Donjonrsquo;s 1999 Chacirc;teauneuf de Pape offers soaring aromas of barbecue spice, licorice, herbs, tar, black cherries, and blackberries. This powerful, rich, full-bodied effort is more up-front and accessible than most vintages, but there is no compromise in the richness and mouthfilling characteristics consistently offered by this estate. Drink this sexy, compelling 1999 between 2004ndash;2020.
When I tasted this wine the final assemblage had not yet been done by Claire Michel, who has now taken over the reins of this estate from her parents. It should be a blend of 80% or more of Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. The potential blend I tasted appears to have lots of structure, a muscular style, a deep plum/ruby/purple-tinged color, intense licorice, garrigue, lavender, black currant and black cherry characteristics, medium to full body and elevated tannins in the finish. The cuvee, which has a slightly longer elevage than many of its peers, will benefit from the extra time given its serious structure at present.
Bright violet. Deep aromas of cherry, black raspberry, garrigue and earth. Broad, spicy and sweet, with a velvety texture and lush dark berry and lavender pastille flavors. Finishes sappy and sweet, featuring fine-grained tannins and excellent thrust. This alluring wine looks like it will be approachable young.
Beautiful, silky Chacirc;teauneuf 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.
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 ldquo;traditionalrdquo; style in the best sense of the word.
The outstanding 1998 Le Vieux Donjon could turn out to be a spectacular Chacirc;teauneuf-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!
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