Le Vieux Donjon Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010
96 points Wine Spectator: This takes a decidedly old-school approach with its very distinctive bay leaf and juniper notes leading the way, along with roasted mesquite and alder wood. The core of steeped black currant, roasted plum and blackberry fruit waits in reserve while the long, ganache- and tar-filled finish has nice rugged grip, with a peppery echo. Should cellar wonderfully. Best from 2015 through 2030. (10/31/12)
Editorial Reviews for Le Vieux Donjon Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape
2010: Medium dark ruby color; ripe plum, herbs, garrigue nose; tasty, tight, tart roasted plum, garrigue, pepper palate; needs 4-plus years; medium-plus finish (75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault) 94 points
This had the most complex nose of the night, filled with spicy sweet/tart red fruit, fines herbs, a little beef jerky, and dustings of coffee and black pepper with a developing olive note. Smooth in the mouth, this seemed a little soft next to its peers, with a palate that showed fine dark berry fruit framed by flavors of olives and herbs that recalled the nose but lacked a bit of focus and definition. Perhaps with a hint of brett as well, as there seems to be a touch of band aid here. The finish shows fine length and finesse, leading me to believe that time will be kind here, giving at least the impression of age-worthiness. 89pts
Very dark red violet color; nice, complex, tart berry, tart blackberry, herbes de provence nose; tasty, rich, tart black fruit, tart plum, mineral, herbs, licorice palate; medium-plus finish (one of the best bottles I've ever tasted from this producer) 95 points
Dark garnet red color; fig, black fruit and beefy nose; tasty, black fruit, pepper, plum and bay leaf palate with spicy, peppery finish; medium-plus finish 93 points
Funky nose, decidedly leathery with plum, damp cigar, blackberry and cocoa. Youthful, rich and deep with a very aromatic inner mouth profile showing off green peppercorn and a lightly vegetal accent to the red cherry and slightly exotic pomegranate fruit. Finish is long, showing remaining tannins and a bright, acid-driven strawberry snap on the finale. 91pts
The 2010 Le Vieux Donjon showed a beautiful and highly expressive nose with aromas of black raspberry jam, charred meat, chalky minerals, dried floral notes, and wild herbs. On the palate it had velvety textures with a dark brooding feel yet somehow juicy and fresh with ripe black fruits, exotic spice, Espagnole and black pepper in the background. The finish was long with dark palate staining fruits and a flex of imposing structure. (94 points)
huge nose of red fruit....very smooth on the palatte with a long lingering finish...
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)
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Most likely even better, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is a classic effort from this estate that could come from nowhere else than the south of France. Garrigue, lavender, pepper, sweet kirsch and blackberry-styled fruits are just some of the notions here and this medium to full-bodied, supple and nicely concentrated 2012 will benefit from short-term cellaring once released. It should have 12–15 years or ultimate longevity. Drink 2016–2027.
Vivid ruby. Sexy, expansive aromas of raspberry preserves, potpourri and Asian spices show impressive clarity. Sweet, seamless and pure, offering intense red fruit and floral pastille flavors and notes of allspice and anise. The velvety, focused finish shows superb length and harmonious tannins.