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96 points Wine Spectator: This takes a decidedly old-school approach with its very distinctive bay leaf and juniper n...Read more...
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 b... Read more
2010: Medium dark ruby color; ripe plum, herbs, garrigue nose; tasty, tight, tart roasted plum, garrigue, pepper palate; needs 4-plus years; medium... Read more
Very dark red violet color; nice, complex, tart berry, tart blackberry, herbes de provence nose; tasty, rich, tart black fruit, tart plum, mineral,... Read more
Food Pairings for Le Vieux Donjon Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Editorial Reviews for Le Vieux Donjon Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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
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
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
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...
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)
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.
Gorgeous. So silky, deep, luscious and seductive, like drinking the equivalent of Barry White's voice. I like this more than other much more expensive wines in this category. The varietals all lend their own characteristics, but the flavors are very harmonious. Dark fruits are the most forward, but well balanced with acidity, earth and spice. It's definitely ready to drink now. Will probably be great for a few years, but don't let it go over the hill!
This wine begins to open up about 30 minutes after pouring a glass or decanting. Very strong earthy/musty tones, quite a unique flavor that would pair very nicely with similar foods. Long finish.
from .375. Tasted over three days- color was darkish purple with some murkiness- the initial nose nose was clssic CdP with some garrigue, raspberry and horsey notes- very persistent nose- on the first night the palate was pretty closed, although it did have nice length. When I went back to the bottle after 2 days in the fridge (VacuVined) the wine had evolved significantly, although it did not resolve. The nose was all raspberry jam, but not cloying. The palate was mostly secondary flavors hanging on an impressive frame- great length and persistence throughout. I'd give this a good 5-10 years for the palate and nose to meet-up and create an amazing CdP.
External Reviews for Le Vieux Donjon Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape
A brilliant effort that ranks alongside the 2007, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape boasts abundant notes of black cherry liqueur interwoven with black currant, blueberry, spring flower, roasted herb, licorice, pepper and bouquet garni characteristics. Full-bodied with good acidity, terrific purity, a fleshy mouthfeel and a long finish, it should be even better in 4ndash;5 years and last for two decades or more.
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.
Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2006 - Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Magnum - France - Region: Rhône - Apellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Grenache blend - 1500 ml.
Vivid purple. Powerful cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by a sexy floral nuance. Smooth and deep on the palate, offering juicy red and dark berry preserve flavors that become spicier with air. The floral quality carries through on the subtly sweet, very persistent finish.
Rock-solid, with a big, winey core of cassis, blackberry paste and crushed fig fruit pushed by smoldering tobacco, juniper, mesquite and warm, bittersweet cocoa notes. The muscular finish has lots of grip in reserve. Best from 2013 through 2024.
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.
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is dominated by Grenache with major amounts of Mourvedre, Syrah and other authorized varietals. Its dense ruby/plum color is followed by aromas of smoked meats, roasted Provencal herbs, a gamy character and lots of kirsch, black currant and blue fruits. Rich and full-bodied, it is softer than most young vintages of Vieux Donjon tend to be, and should drink well for 12andndash;15 years.
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)
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