Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2008 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. 14.5% ABV. Savory nose of dark fruits, kirsch and charred meats. Medium body with ample acidity. Lighter in style with pretty upfront fruits and resolved tannins. Raspberry, roasted herbs and blood on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Delicious Vieux Donjon from a very average vintage. Best over the next several 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 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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