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2001 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 252

  • bajayngo wrote:

    August 29, 2014 - Man this stuff is so good with some age on it! Right out the gate it was rocking with notes of graphite, barnyard, mature red fruits, iron, orange peel, incense, olives for days on a focus frame and a laserbeam of deliciousness on the palate!

  • Vinsant wrote:

    August 17, 2014 - The 99-01 DJ's have consistently been my fav classic styled cdps. Everything you want and expect is there. Blinded I was actually leaning N Rhone on this because of the sharp acidity, olives, and ash. But the bright red strawberry note should have had me thinking South. Underbrush, fresh and dried herbs, iron, meat juice, light citrus note, and tapenade all rounded out by a long finish. Nothing too ripe, no prunes...yeah! I really hope the newer vintages age like this!

  • rocknroller wrote: (95 points)

    July 8, 2014 - CDP Offline at Heyday (Donjon Vertical; Clos des Pape, Charvin, plus Whites) (Heyday, Mpls, MN): Very dark red color. Double decanted 3 hours prior. Drank 1+ glass over 2 hours plus. Wow, this really blows up in the glass, great nose with a wonderful leathery, floral perfume with garrigue, kirsch and dark fruits. The palate is big and full bodied, but stays fresh and pure, deep black fruits, black cherry, spicy, deeply earthy with mushroom overtones and a long finish. loved it, outstanding, 94+pts to 95pts.

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  • chablis28 wrote: (94 points)

    July 8, 2014 - Dalluge's btl tonight. This has evolved a bit since my last btl in 2011 but, still needs at least another 2yrs IMO to really really arrive. This clearly stood out as the most old school / traditionally styled CDP tonight in a great line up that included Charvin, Clos Des Pape and 4 other vintages or LVDJ and other CDPs. This is about 90% realized at this point and if you can wait 2-3 more years I think it gets even better. I have 2 left and I'll wait 2-3yrs for my next btl.

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  • Snowryeder wrote:

    June 21, 2014 - Not as good as the previous bottle, although it opened up after 30 minutes.

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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 14 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1858 (63%)
  • Consumed 1065 (36%)

Food Pairing

Beef Tenderloin, Tenderloin

Who Likes This Wine

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