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2001 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 264

  • FransS wrote: (86 points)

    December 17, 2014 - Not spectacular, a bit simple.

  • John Nezlek wrote: (87 points)

    December 10, 2014 - This is the second bottle of this wine I have had, and it is the second time I have been (somewhat) disappointed. Clearly not in the 90s as others have described it. I think I may have gotten a bad set of bottles or something. The wine was good, but not that rich or flavorful. Oh well.

  • kanjimoti wrote: (93 points)

    November 26, 2014 - The '01 Vieux Donjon is singing on this day. I planned to decant but right out of the bottle the wine is so balanced and beautiful with perfectly ripe dark red fruit, soil, a smoky, creosote character that reminds me of a fine Scotch, and an overall sense this is in a perfect place right now. I'm tasting the '01 a week after immensely enjoying the '00. Based on the two bottles I tasted I'll say the '01 is the better wine; it's more balanced and more complex. Upon opening, smelling, and tasting I immediately went online to see who has more; the least expensive I could find is $65 in San Carlos, Ca. If you have that kind of money for a bottle of Chateauneuf I would instead spend a bit more for the Beaucastel, a wine experience that will move you more deeply. Anyway, on the palate the Donjon is so pleasing with just the right amount of grip left on the tannins alongside that creosote and beautiful fruit. The finish is rustic, gritty, and invigorating. There's a lot of sediment here so I have a feeling Domaine Vieux Donjon does not filter their juice. I love it. This is in such a good place right now I would hate for anyone to miss this experience so I'll suggest drinking by winter 2016 but it should sail nicely into 2018. An afternote on the Beaucastel; I'm all for the '01 Donjon and if you can afford both do it but if there's room financially for one then do the Beaucastel. Two days after we were told Panda is going to Boston. I'm sad but it's time for a change for everybody. Change keeps us on our toes and is the nature of life.

  • Loren Sonkin wrote: (94 points)

    November 16, 2014 - A bunch of CdP on a Saturday Afternoon (Loretta Paganini School fo Cooking): Drinking very well and close to peak IMO. The nose has dark cherries, raspberries and boysenberries. Also some spice. On the palate, it drinks younger than the nose. Great juicy texture. Lots of boysenberry and dark cherry fruit. Some spice. Layers of complexity come out as it unwinds in the glass. Long finish. No seeming hurry but worth checking on for sure.

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  • behm0027 Likes this wine: (90 points)

    November 15, 2014 - On the nose, barnyard, dark fruit, tobacco, and leather. Additional dark fruit on the palate, along with graphite/pencil lead, and tobacco. Medium bodied, still enough acidity to keep it in check. Drinking well right out of the bottle.

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The Rhone Report

  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Delving into the Languedoc Roussillon, Issue #7, 3/28/2011 (link) 95 points

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

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2003, Issue #106 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • 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.

Rockss and Fruit

  • 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.

RJonWine.com

  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 7 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1863 (63%)
  • Consumed 1099 (37%)

Food Pairing

Beef Tenderloin, Tenderloin

Who Likes This Wine

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