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. 14% ABV. Exotic nose of red fruits, kirsch, iron and tar. Medium to full bodied with perfect acidity and great balance. Rich, ripe and a touch primary. Kirsch liqueur, roasted herbs, garrigue and a hint of pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Super appealing and a tremendous reflection of what an old school producer can do in a somewhat flamboyant vintage. Best over the next 6-8 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 2018 and 2019 versions of Vieux Donjon can currently be bought at retail for around $60 and should have a place in your cellar.