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 320

  • Vino Me wrote: (92 points)

    September 16, 2017 - Opened at Salt of the Earth in Fennville, Michigan ($15 corkage). Decanted for us at the restaurant for 1 hour. 3rd time I have had this with similar notes but this seemed a little sweeter. Very ripe with earthy notes. Good tannins and structure. 92 points.

  • drwine2001 wrote:

    September 9, 2017 - Light with browning. This came out of the bottle very funky and peppery but cleaned up to show more typical faded red fruit and strong wintergreen. Medium weight, mineral, herbal, and an excellent mix of savory and still sweet fruit. This is definitely holding its own at age 16, but it would be pushing it to defer drinking for much longer.

  • mhudes Likes this wine: (93 points)

    August 26, 2017 - PnP, at dinner with family in Bend. Even better than the one last year. Not as much black fruit, but much more complex, with plum, leather, earth, minerals, CdP garrigue and I still get a bit of Chinese 5 spice powder. In balance. Smooth finish. The best of the 3 of these I had.

  • drwine2001 wrote:

    June 29, 2017 - From the Rare Wine Company. Light red, tawny rim. Menthol and plum. Medium weight, which is to say quite elegant in current Chateauneuf terms. Gorgeous faded, yet perfectly ripe red fruit, citrus, and soil with tremendous bolstering acidity. Walks a fine line between sunny fruit of the south and more mineral, savory elements. Tannins are no longer a factor. The best bottle of this I've tried and one of the more impressive, complex, mature Chateauneufs I've had over the past few years. Ah, 2001-as opposed to 2007, 2009, etc.

  • beatles wrote: (93 points)

    June 24, 2017 - Great showing again tonight; very much Provence, the warmth of the sun (it was raining in Copenhagen), a broad, generous wine, lovely indeed ... #AB-student.

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

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    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.

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
  • UPC Codes 356812234567, 3568162234567

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  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,728 (55%)
  • Consumed 1,434 (45%)

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Beef Tenderloin, Tenderloin

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