Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2001 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.

Crimson in color. 13.5% ABV. Tremendous nose of red fruits, asphalt, figs and herbs. Medium body with strong acidity. Classic and rustic with great structure. Kirsch, pepper, plums and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and silky with loads of tannin. The components work well here and this wine will undoubtedly continue to age well. A traditional producer that excelled in an old school type of vintage. Brilliant CdP. Best over the 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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