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.

Crimson in color with some bricking at the edge of the glass. 14% ABV. Classic nose of red fruits, garrigue, herbes de Provence and iron. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Perfect balance of fruit and tannins. Kirsch, plums, blood and cracked black pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. The last of six bottles bought long ago and from memory this was the best. Traditional CdP from a great producer in an under appreciated vintage. Best over the next several years.

My rating: 93 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.

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