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 340

  • JohnSh wrote: 91 points

    March 30, 2019 - Every bottle seems to be different now. This was very tight for almost two hours: mouthpuckering tannins but with a lovely, fragrant nose of iron, game and cherry. It started to settle down, though, and the fruit made more of an appearance, and it turned into an aging thought still lively, classic Donjon. Not the best bottle, though.

  • mdvino63 Likes this wine: 96 points

    March 2, 2019 - This was simply stunning last night. Right from the get-go in incredible Cdp: wonderful kirsch fruit, full of earthiness, cigar tobacco, garrigue - everything one could hope for in a classic CdP. Vibrant, pure and perfectly balanced. Exceptional and exactly what I want when I open a CdP. Addenda: 1) this was nowhere near being over the hill, and 2)I just read ST's note where he said, "If someone sticks a glass of this in your face and you don't say Chateauneuf du Pape, you should give up wine drinking." - almost exactly what I said last night. This is unmistakably CdP.

  • Anonymous wrote: 91 points

    January 2, 2019 - An undervalued property I think and this bottle shows its qualities. Still very youthful in many ways. A great advertisement for both old vines and one cuvee (rather than siphoning off the best grapes into trophy wines with perverse pricing!).

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  • rsbeck wrote: 93 points

    January 1, 2019 - Popped, poured, consumed over next three hours. Needed a lot of air to come alive, open up, knit together, and display its charms. Delightfully elegant with refreshing acids. Fruit took awhile to emerge and then felt like it may be starting to tire out. Could be the bottle, which I purchased from a very reliable seller, but you never know. I've had experiences with other Donjon bottlings from other vintages like 1990 that improved and held on for decades.

  • 3daywinereview.com wrote: 93 points

    December 22, 2018 - Stunning at this stage of the game. Nice funk, Garrique, subtle fruits and stones. Medium plus finish and good acidity. This is in a great place and should be consumed now for maximum enjoyment.

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 17 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,706 (51%)
  • Consumed 1,620 (48%)

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Beef Tenderloin, Tenderloin

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