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Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
  • WS 93
  • ST 91
  • RP 90
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Winemaker Notes

The 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #3 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2007

75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mouvèdre and 5% Cinsault and others.

The secret to the success of Le Vieux Donjon is really no secret at all. They have tremendously old vines (many in excess of 80 years of age) and they are experts at picking only once the grapes have achieved optimum ripeness. Partial de-stemming is practiced, as... View More

Critical Acclaim

WS 93
Wine Spectator

This is rock-solid, with crushed raspberry, kirsch, juniper and smoked apple wood notes, backed by a broad, plush, spice- and anise-filled finish. Nicely rounded and integrated for the vintage. Drink now through 2021.

ST 91
International Wine Cellar

Full red. Assertively perfumed, offering raspberry and strawberry preserve scents and intense floral character. Then fresh and energetic in the mouth, with bright red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors, fine-grained tannins and good mineral spine. A lingering white pepper note adds complexity to a long, spicy finish. This is quite successful for the vintage.

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RP 90
The Wine Advocate

The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape is certainly a strong effort for the vintage. Classic notes of kirsch, plum, spice box, cedar, and garrigue are accompanied by deep fruit, an attractive dark ruby/plum color, and surprising body as well as depth for a 2008. It should drink well young, and evolve for up to a decade.
Range: 88-90

Le Vieux Donjon

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Le Vieux Donjon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France - Rhone
Le Vieux Donjon, as it exists today, was created in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel. Both Lucien and Marie José's parents owned vineyards in the region, and those holding were combined to form Le Vieux Donjon. The domaine covers fourteen hectares of vineyards (all farmed organically), thirteen planted to red grapes and one planted to white. The Michel's holdings are primarily in the North and Northwest of the AOC, but... View More