Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2004 Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Vieux Donjon was formed in 1966 by Marcel Michel. The current iteration came about in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel. Both Lucien and Marie José’s parents owned vineyards in the region, and those holdings were combined to form Vieux Donjon. The domaine covers fourteen hectares of vineyards, thirteen planted to red grapes and one planted to white.

Light crimson in color. 14% ABV. Rustic nose of red fruits, iron, garrigue and herbes de provence. Medium body with ample acidity. Fresh and lively on the palate. Flavors of kirsch, saline, plums and cherries. Medium length on the finish. Delicious, traditional Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 91 points.

Vieux Donjon is an organically farmed, traditional style of Chateauneuf-du-Pape that ages well and sells for a fair price. The 2014 version of Vieux Donjon can currently be bought at retail for around $60 and should have a place in your cellar.

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