Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2005 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.

Blood red in color. 14% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, garrigue, blood and roasted herbs. Medium body but not lacking power and concentration. Exceptional balance. Cherries, kirsch, anise and herbes de Provence on the palate.The tannins and structure are pronounced on the tremendous finish. Traditional, old school CdP at its best. Super wine from an amazing vintage. Best over then next 3-5 years.

My rating: 94 points.

Vieux Donjon is an organically farmed, traditional style of Chateauneuf-du-Pape that ages well and sells for a fair price. The 2016 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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