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Le Vieux Donjon Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

"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...90-92" WA 10/10

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Snooth User: mikespeer
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4.00 5
09/08/2012

huge nose of red fruit....very smooth on the palatte with a long lingering finish...


Snooth User: anchca
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3.00 5
04/22/2015

Three glasses


External Reviews for Le Vieux Donjon Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/23/2011

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... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Full deep red. Highly nuanced nose combines roasted, liqueur-like red fruits, smoke, truffle and spice cake; this reminded me of Vega Sicilia! Then silky but vinous and firm; a bit subdued today but boasts fruit intensity and incipient complexity. Finishes long and subtle, with ripe, suave tannins and a late note of pepper. This should develop beautifully with bottle aging.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Crackles with an urgency atypical for the vintage, with juniper, cassis bush and tobacco notes that manage to be more prominent than the well of dark plum and currant fruit this has in reserve. Racy and invigorating, with the fruit's sappy intensity offset perfectly by the mouthwatering minerality. Best from 2010 through 2028.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

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.


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"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...90-92" WA 10/10

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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