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Le Vieux Donjon

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2016 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

Garrigue, thyme and oceanic notes create the nose, before you begin getting into the ripe, peppery, red fruits. On the palate the wine is rich, lush, long and sings with a real depth of flavor that holds on through the long finish. Give it a few years in the cellar and it promises to be even better. The wine was made from a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.

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2015 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Forward, medium bodied, earthy, cherry filled wine with kirsch, flowers and raspberry notes. Open, soft and if you like young Grenache, drinkable today, else give it 3-5 years.

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2012 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Roses, kirsch and spice create the nose. The wine is fresh, supple and invigorating with its peppery, kirsch and spicy blackberry essence. The wine was made from a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.

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2010 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Blackberry, licorice, truffle and black raspberry scents emerge with little effort. In the mouth, the wine is lush, round and concentrated. With tannins and structure to age, give it a few years before popping a bottle.

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Blackberry, licorice, truffle and black raspberry scents emerge with little effort. In the mouth, the wine is lush, round and concentrated. With tannins and structure to age, give it a few years before popping a bottle.

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2009 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Surprisingly forward and open, as the wine is often late in offering pleasure, the combination of kirsch, black raspberry, pepper and garrigue scents paired with luscious, ripe, sweet, peppery, fruits made this quite nice indeed.

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2007 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Much better than my previous bottle from the same case, this was rockin'! With loads of sweet, ripe, juicy, peppery, red berries, the wine offers richness on the palate and a peppery, garrigue, kirsch and black raspberry complexity on the nose. Splash decanted, this was a treat the moment it made its way from my glass to my palate.

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This seems to have changed since the last time, I recall tasting it. There is a pronounced fig, and jam note in the otherwise, delightful perfume. But those over ripe notes take away from the truffle, earth, garrigue, wet earth and hard to find, dark cherry fruits. Fat, round and not exactly low in acid, but lacking the freshness I want. If you are sitting on any my instincts is to finish them sooner than later.

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Enticing aromas of earth, black pepper, plums, kirsch and fresh herbs get you going. The wine is rich, soft, sweet, lusty and open for business.

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Deep in color, the wine required coaxing to bring out its licorice, pepper, garrigue, cherry and black raspberry scents. Rich, fat and concentrated, this rich Chateauneuf du Pape ends with a long, spicy, kirsch filled finish.

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2006 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Medium bodied, traditionally styled Chateauneuf du Pape showing kirsch, earth and spice characteristics. This is already starting to show well.

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2005 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Powerful, fresh, long, ripe, structured and tannic, this is now out of its shell and displays its wealth of ripe red fruit, black pepper, herbs and spice. Good now, this could even be better with more age.

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2004 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Ready to go, medium bodied, with a fresh, kirsch, spice and garrigue nose, there is a lot of freshness in the sweet, ripe, spicy, peppery, red berry finish.

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2001 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

If barnyard is not your thing, you came to the wrong place as this wine is loaded with barnyard stink. On top of that you find, garrigue, pepper, kirsch, lavender and wild strawberry notes. Full bodied, with a gentleness to the texture, there is an appealing rustic charm to the fresh, spicy, red fruits in the. At 15 years of age, this is in the sweet spot.

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Winner, winner, winner, chicken dinner here! The nose explodes with its earthy, barnyard, kirsch, tobacco and licorice personality. The wine is rich, full bodied, concentrated, lush and packed with sweet, juicy fruit. Drinking at perfection, if you have a bottle, pop a cork.

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Kirsch, garrigue, earth, jam, pepper and raspberry aromatics mesh well with the concentrated, deep, ripe flavors, supple textures and long, fresh, spicy, black cherry finish. This is drinking great today and it should remain at this level for at least another 5-10 years.

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2000 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

I love hitting wines in the sweet spot. Looking slightly older than its true age, the wine pops with kirsch, garrigue, spice box, earth, sea water, (but in a good, briney way) with a bit of licorice in the end of the bouquet. Luscious, fresh textures with a lingering, sweet, pure kirsch note in the finish. There is no reason to wait any longer to pop a cork on this beauty. Do not decant, this is really ready to go.

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Pepper, jammy black cherries, licorice and garrigue add to the aromatics. Soft, smooth and round in the mouth, the wine ends with spicy, sweet cherries. This is drinking in the perfect sweet spot, there is no reason to hold off popping a cork.

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Jammy blackberry, pepper, kirsch. Provencal herbs, lavender and earthy scents permeate the your senses. Full bodied, luscious, fresh, peppery black cherry liqueur flavors fill your mouth. This Chateauneuf du Pape is drinking perfectly. If you're looking for pleasure and a good time, this wine is up to the task.

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1998 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

This beauty is drinking right where you want it to be. The ripe, sweet, fresh, peppery fruit is all there, with its earth, kirsch and garrigue profile. The wine is richly textured, full bodied, long, fresh and clean, leaving you with a trail of sweet, lush fruits in the end note. At close to 18 years of age, there is no reason to hold off any longer. The wine was produced from a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and the remaining 5% comes from various, assorted varietals.

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1990 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Dense, big, meaty wine. Pepper, jammy black fruit, and fresh herbs. Very concentrated with a chewy texture and lots of red and black peppery fruit.

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