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Community Tasting Notes (305) Avg Score: 91.9 points

  • Very light, mature looking. Funk and VA at the outset. Dead?? No, after this Italianate introduction, some very fine, faded red fruit, herbs, delicacy (in Chateauneuf terms) and gentle sweetness. Fine acidity, little in the way of tannins. Much more alive than it seemed at first. Old style, savory southern Rhône.

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  • Amazing stuff. Mature nose with surprisingly strong herbal, even green bean, aromas. Funky and savory, but plenty of lovely strawberry fruit too. Asian spices, licorice, leather, and game. Big tannic backbone. Delicious tar and minerals on the finish.

    Few wines have this much complexity and breadth. I'm particularly intrigued by the herbaceousness, because I do not associate it with the CdP appellation or with the grenache, syrah, and mourvèdre varietals.

    p.s.: I wrote this tasting note without reviewing my prior tasting note or others' tasting notes. It's pleasing to see so much consistency in the tasting notes. E.g.:

    KEITHAKERS: "funkier and savory style"
    MHUDES: "herbs, leather and some 5 spice powder"
    ME: "Wildly complex. Notes of herbs, cedar, broad beans, . . ."

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  • Deep, dark garnet in color with slight clearing at the edges. Forward, fragrant & attractive nose of developed & complex, ripe fruit aromas of dark cherries, blueberries & kirsch with overtones of floral & Provençal herbs notes of rosemary, fennel & lavender, stony/earthy/dusty, spice notes, leather & mineral undertones in the background. Medium bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, ripe fruit flavors of blackberries, dark cherries & plums with pepper, spices, herbs, earthy, minerals and a touch of oak. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present with decanting & should hold for several more years although any further development may be limited. I am finding generally, for the most part, Chateauneufs are best consumed within 8 to 12 years from their vintage (of course depending on the vintage & producer) to best enjoy their charm & vibrancy although I do recall some 1983's aging almost indefinitely.

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  • Pop and pour. Ready to drink now. Not a huge wine which is nice. Beautiful subtle aged cdp flavors.

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  • An excellent CdP. Decanted at restaurant. Strawberries, lavendar and especially black cherry on the nose. Also black cherry in color. In addition to dark fruit on the palate there were herbs, leather and some 5 spice powder. Became slightly acidic as we were just finishing the bottle.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/24/2012, (See more on 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, (See more on 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, (See more on 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, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

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

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/6/2003, (See more on 92 points

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

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