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2000 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Blend - France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape - Red

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape

Red Rhone Blend
Producer Notes

Le Vieux Donjon was founded by Marcel Michel, who did the first bottling at his domain in 1966. Since 1979 Marie Jose and Lucien Michel have run the property. The estate includes 14 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape, of which one ha is planted to white varieties. The vinification process is done in the traditional method with only one cuvee made of red and of white Chateauneuf du Pape. The cellars are... More »

Score
90
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2003-2007 VF: 2003-2020
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 106
Author AllanBG
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.789%
Tasted On 06/03/2010
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Author NerD
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 02/04/2009

It was time to drink with perhaps another 2 to 5 years left.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.154%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

I was shocked at how mature this wine was and what character had evolved through its few years of bottle aging. A dead ringer for a Left Bank Bordeaux (perhaps a Graves), this 7 year old Rhone evoked notions of cigar box, sweet tobacco, new saddle leather, cinnamon spice, black currant and loam. Uncommonly restrained and elegant in the palate, pumping waves of medium bodied, satin-textured fruit speckled with copious amounts of pepper and truffle to the finish. Understated and enshrouded in subtlety that belies the vintage and the wine?s age, a sure fire bet for a mature claret lover

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Author Ryan Opaz
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.841%
Tasted On 01/04/2007

Great wine that needed about an hour and a half to fully develop in the glass. Rich nose at first of raspberry and bacon fat, with smokey notes. All of which with time gave way to soft layered spices. Great wine. 4/5

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 10/20/2003
Drink Dates 2003-2007

Medium dusky violet colored wine with a few distinct clear legs. With airing, the wine gives up light aromas of spice and red fruits. Sweet spicy yet indistinct fruit on the palate with well-balanced crisp acidity. The wine finishes short with light to moderate tannins.

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