Light ruby. Like other recent bottles, all garrigue aromatics. Medium weight. The crisp acidity of the vintage shows. Actually, the black fruit blossomed with air, although this is mainly about vegetal, non-fruit driven flavors. I thought this was better than bottles I drank in 2013 and 2014. Perhaps it is getting a second wind-or maybe not.
Monthly Tasting Group: CDP's and Southern Rhones (Meritage, St. Paul): Very dark red color. Decanted for 90 minutes. Drank a small pour over 15 minutes. Great nose again, lots garrigue and damp earth, wow nose, perfumed, floral. The palate has elegance, depth, integrated tannins, dark red fruits, and a garrigue infused finish. Lovely, just a tad of heat shows at times.
Dinner at Peter & Susannes new house (Charlottenlund): My fourth bottle of this, and it continues to show well, a very classic, very old school neuf, very typical of Vieux Donjon, and while some 2001's still can be hard to approach due to the concentration, this is open for business from the beginning, embracing you and bringing you back to Provence - parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme. And of course plenty of sweet Grenache. Good now, will keep 10 years. With P&S, in DK.
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(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)
(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.