While not one of the better offerings from Le Vieux Donjon, this was till a great wine. Garnet red. Barnyard, musty berry fruits and herbs. Very jammy wine though lacking a bit in terroir. A beautiful wine getting to its maturity stage, but will probably improve with some more time in the bottle.
Junguenet bottling. Medium center with fading edge. Brown spice, licorice, and lavender. Medium weight with some glycerine and a touch of warmth. Nicely melded flavors of ripe, dark red fruit without sugariness, tobacco, and herb. Gentle tannins. Excellent, much better than my last bottle a year ago, and only slightly marred by the alcohol which juts out a bit. Still, in today's world, this is a very flavorful but admirably restrained Chateauneuf.
A Casual Wednesday in Toronto with the Toronto Cru (FWR, Toronto, ON): Slow-oxed for a few hours in the afternoon then followed over several hours and it didn't change much. This pours inky dark, totally unevolved. The nose is squarely focused on overripe dark fruit: prunes, raisins, dates and figs, with faint background notes of pepper, capers and black licorice. The palate repeats the overripe notes of prunes and raisins with a heady, alcohol laden finish.
splash decanted and was delicious but not great depth. Red and black fruits and some tar and wet earth but no funk or nonsense. After an hour more juicy and darker core. Then with lamb ... Came alive and sat up straight like matron had snapped. Really delicious and a good food wine, not too imposing or loud.
Impenetrabile granato. Al naso note tipicamente animali di cuoio e pellame, poi prugna e mirtillo, pepe, leggera salamoia, garrigue e refoli balsamici. Pieno, fruttato, imponente e molto lungo, su note di marasca
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.
(Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Dark red violet color; smoky, herbal, very tart black fruit and tobacco nose; seems a little disjointed on the palate, with tobacco, very tart black fruit, herbs and high acidity; medium finish
NOTE: Some content is property of JancisRobinson.com and The Rhone Report and Vinous and RJonWine.com.