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Community Tasting Notes (196) Avg Score: 92.3 points

  • Best Burger Event, Monthly Tasting Group (Jason and Tracy's, Mpls, MN): Consistent with previous note.

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  • Dark fruit along with leather and dark chocolate. Very supple wine with soft tannins and good balance. My only negative was that I thought the length of the wine was short. Did not linger on the palette.

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  • A solid Grenache wine with Rhône typicity.

    Colour: dark red with slightly maturing brim.
    Nose: non-descript shy Grenache aromas with herbal qualities. A very humble part of "La Garrigue."
    Palate: with all the anticipation that comes from knowing what you will have and what so many others think... Our first impression was: total faceplant. But, this is a solid Grenache based wine. Not much more. And not showing much potential for the future either...

    Terribly poor QPR.

    One more btl, hoping and praying to Thor, Huitaca, Athena, Vishnu and the Flying Spaghetti-Monster for a complete makeover until 2021. Or, maybe we just got a poorer btl than you other guys...

    Home dinner, wonderfully cooked WAGYU and giant green asparagus by wife (same wine score).

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  • Medium-deep ruby red in color. Forward, assertive & fragrant nose of complex, dark ripe fruit aromas of cherries, blackberries & plum with sous bois & garrigue notes, floral notes of lavender, dried Provençal herbs with pepper & bay leaf, earthy, dusty, minerals and a touch of vanilla. Medium-full bodied with a good concentration of balanced, smooth textured, still youthful, ripe dark fruit flavors of cherries, blackberries & plums with earthy, herbs, anise, pepper, beefy, minerals and a hint of vanilla. Long lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present with decanting and airing, but has the structure & fruit to continue further development with additional aging.

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  • Medium ruby throughout. Red fruit and herbs on the nose. Medium weight in modern Chateauneuf terms. Everything is in place here-dark raspberry and plum fruit, spice, and garrigue. Enveloping entry followed by crisp acidity, minerality, and some remaining tannic grip. Pretty classic profile and not a bit too heavy or ripe. I was surprised to see that this was the first time I'd tasted this vintage of Vieux Donjon, but as with many of the 2005's, I pretty much buried them and forgot about them. There is no rush, but based upon this bottle, it seems like a pretty good time to take a look at this if you have not already.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/9/2007, (See more on 94 points

    (Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Tight peppery nose; ripe cherry and very peppery, juicy palate; medium-plus finish 94 pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    5/5/2007, (See more on 91 points

    (Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Sous bois, cherry and tar nose; tight, pepper, black fruit, tart plum, sous bois, bay leaf palate with white pepper notes; medium finish 91+ pts.

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