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2003 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
92
WA 94
IWC 93
WS 93
JR 18+
Drink Dates
Comm: 2005-2014 WA: 2007-2021 WS: 2008-2025
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 124

($45) Dark red. Sweet, exotic aromas of blackberry, cassis, molasses, bitter chocolate and dried flowers. Richly textured and dense, offering ripe dark berry flavors and nuances of floral pastilles and dark chocolate. A fat, unctuous wine that also boasts excellent purity of fruit and length, with soft, rounded tannins. (Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ)

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JR 18+
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2008-2015

Deep crimson. Very, very rich and layered - almost animal. Confident, powerful, rich with a juicy start. Masses of ripe fruit on the front palate. Big, burly classic Châteauneuf with rather a hot finish.

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WA 94
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 163
Drink Dates 2007-2021

The powerful 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape comes closest in character to the 1990 (which is still drinking beautifully). Its dark ruby/plum/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of resiny pine forest interwoven with creme de cassis, black cherries, melted licorice, and smoky herbs. In the mouth, gamy, meaty flavors emerge along with black currants, cherries, and a hint of the sushi wrapper called nori. Full, rich, and moderately tannic, this 2003 requires another 1-3 years of bottle age, and should keep for 12-15 years.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008-2025

Hard as nails now, this is packed with ultraripe plum and blackberry fruit all supported by brawny, muscular tannins that romp through a licorice- and tar-filled finish. May be ferocious for some, but those who sock it away in the cellar will be rewarded. 5,000 cases made.

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Author petesf
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.079%
Drink Dates 2006-2018
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Author botro
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.415%
Tasted On 02/15/2013
Drink Dates 2008-2014

Ruby color with slight brick color around the edge. Slight earth/dust and cherry aromas. Dry tannic in flavor, slight raisin taste followed by dried fruit. Medium body showing more age than I would expect for a 10 yr old CDP but a good wine needing some time in the glass to further open up.

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Author Juan K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.408%
Tasted On 11/11/2012
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Author RHD
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.857%
Tasted On 07/04/2008
Drink Dates 2005-2015

A Beauty. one of my favorites. Drink now or later.

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