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 255

  • Burgundy Al wrote: (93 points)

    September 28, 2014 - Wine Enjoyed with Food Prepared on the Big Green Egg (Chez Shaffer - Highland Park IL): At an excellent point in its evolutionary development. Mature, ripe black fruit with lots of earthy elements. Moderate spice. Very good acidity and tannins give this structure and balance while showing lots of nuance.

  • KenK Likes this wine: (93 points)

    September 28, 2014 - Really in a great place, dark earthy black cherry profile with pretty dense middle fruit and nice supporting acidity. Very well balanced and showing lovely herb de Provance spice quakity. Smooth and seamless. Maybe 94 points. Really great stuff. In oerfect drinking window now.

  • godx wrote: (90 points)

    September 27, 2014 - Decanted for two hours and needed more. At first it had almost a brownish red colour and was a bit thin/disjointed on the palate. As it sat in the decanter it began to flesh out and become fresher. Overall a good drink but not as good as previous bottles. I think this still needs a few years. Excellent.

  • 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!

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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 1855 (63%)
  • Consumed 1069 (36%)

Food Pairing

Beef Tenderloin, Tenderloin

Who Likes This Wine

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