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 342

  • dcwino wrote: 92 points

    September 16, 2019 - Medium expressive nose displaying ripe black fruit blackberry jam, dry cherry, plum, a hint of fruitcake, garrigue, grilled rare steak, dark spices and earth. Nicely integrated palate, medium weight, nicely layered ripe black fruit, silky and fluid, good acidity, earthy mineral, still a hint of slightly coarse tannins and a medium to long ripe black fruit and garrigue driven finish. Drinking nicely.

  • tomlee wrote: 94 points

    July 8, 2019 - Crimson in color. 13.5% ABV. Tremendous nose of red fruits, asphalt, figs and herbs. Medium body with strong acidity. Classic and rustic with great structure. Kirsch, pepper, plums and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and silky with loads of tannin. The components work well here and this wine will undoubtedly continue to age well. A traditional producer that excelled in an old school type of vintage. Brilliant CdP. Best over the next 3-5 years.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Pending Delivery 11 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,702 (51%)
  • Consumed 1,644 (49%)

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Beef Tenderloin, Tenderloin

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