Red

2001 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 300

  • mxpbuy Likes this wine: (93 points)

    June 7, 2016 - FROM MAGNUM: This unmistakable CDP on the nose was soft, elegant, silky and rich in red fruits and spice on the palate. No denying its appeal in this format after only 45 minutes in the decanter.

  • KeithAkers wrote: (93 points)

    May 20, 2016 - Birthday Celebration Chateauneuf-Du-Papes (Bill's, Wilmette IL): Nose: The nose is just screaming from the word go with black cherries, white pepper, funky tones, garrigue, mesquitte, kirsch, and leather notes.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and excellent supporting tannins. The structure has pulled back, but it is still present along with black cherries, white pepper, garrigue, funky notes, and mesquitte.

    Overall: This has been consistently excellent over the years. I honestly can't think of a single bad bottle. It's a lot of fun in a funkier and savory style rather than showing off red fruits.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • rmalloy wrote: (97 points)

    May 20, 2016 - Wildly complex. Notes of herbs, cedar, broad beans, kalamata olives, cured meat, game, white pepper, tar, black tea, and dark fruit. I could go on and on. Firm tannins add a sense of seriousness. This is why I drink wine.

  • mxpbuy Likes this wine: (92 points)

    May 10, 2016 - From Magnum. The nose on this magnum, even after 3 hours was not nearly as explosive as that from some 750s I've had over the years. Nonetheless, the unmistakable CDP profile came through on all levels and the finish was 40 seconds. The tannins still had some grit to them, which means I'll save my last Magnum for a couple more years before coming back to it.

  • brihprivat Likes this wine: (95 points)

    April 27, 2016 - Vieux Donjon Vertical. Tasted alongside the 2000. Both wines were absolutely stunning, but i preferred the 2001. This is why I drink CdP - A textbook traditional wine at optimal maturity. Compex, elegant, nice fruit and sufficient structure. Loved it.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Delving into the Languedoc Roussillon, Issue #7, 3/28/2011 (link) 95 points

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    Back to France, Issue #3, 2/1/2010 (link) 95 points

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/Febuary 2004, IWC Issue #112 (link)

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    January/February 2003, IWC Issue #106 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/24/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricking medium dark ruby color; caramel, milk chocolate, tart beets nose; garrigue, tart beets, horseradish, baked plum palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/26/2010 (link) 95 points

    (Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Very dark red violet color; nice, complex, tart berry, tart blackberry, herbes de provence nose; tasty, rich, tart black fruit, tart plum, mineral, herbs, licorice palate; medium-plus finish (one of the best bottles I've ever tasted from this producer)

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/8/2009 (link) 92 points

    (Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Medium bricking red violet color with pale meniscus; tobacco, earthy, clove nose with a touch of brett; brett, roasted plum, cherry, clove, bark, horseradish and mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.

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  • By Lyle Fass
    6/1/2007 (link)

    (Le Vieux Donjon) This was good, classically structured CDP but altogether boring for me. Kind of hot but very minerally and pure.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/6/2003 (link) 92 points

    (Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Beet, meaty nose; tasty, meaty, garrigue palate with firm tannins; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type Red
  • Producer Le Vieux Donjon
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • UPC Code 3568162234567

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,787 (58%)
  • Consumed 1,304 (42%)

Food Pairing

Beef Tenderloin, Tenderloin

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