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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
Dark garnet red color; fig, black fruit and beefy nose; tasty, black fruit, pepper, plum and bay leaf palate with spicy, peppery finish; medium-plu... Read more
Funky nose, decidedly leathery with plum, damp cigar, blackberry and cocoa. Youthful, rich and deep with a very aromatic inner mouth profile showin... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
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
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)
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!
Had with a mushroom soup. Wonderful nose, very floral with pineapple. Vicous nature on the palate with a light bitter almond finish. Flavors of pineapple, light sweetness, white flowers and a lightly bitter drying finish. Very nice, wish I had more. [NR]
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 Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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