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2001 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 1.5L
2001 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape
France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape
Red / Rhone Blend
2001 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 112

($39) Red-ruby. Flamboyant, wild Chateauneuf du Pape aromas of raspberry, pepper, leather, Cuban cigar tobacco, fruitcake, game and truffle. Explosive, layered and deep, with captivating flavors of game, leather, melting chocolate cake, leather, incense and black pepper. Wonderfully suave and silky but with terrific verve and grip. Finishes with fine, palate-coating tannins and sneaky length. If someone sticks a glass of this in your face and you don't say Chateauneuf du Pape, you should give up wine drinking. (Wines from France, Mountainside, NJ)

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Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck Issue: 214

The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape is a beauty! Classic and textbook in style, with ample cured meats, earth, herbs and mature currant and blackberry fruit, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, a gorgeous texture and serious length. It's drinking beautifully now, but will continue to shine through 2021.

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Wine Spectator Author: Per-Henrik Mansson

Supple and full of ripe, beautiful black fruit, this Provençal seducer coats the palate with its silky texture, delivering lavender, wet earth, mineral, smoke, lead pencil, plum and sweet tannins. Only on the finish does the tannic edge suggest short-term cellaring, but tempting now with steak or lamb. Another great achievement from Le Vieux Donjon. 4,165 cases made.

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Community Reviews


AllanBG Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 11/19/2009


jrwill Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 07/18/2009 Drink Dates: 2005

One of the appellation’s classic, old style offerings, the Michel family continues to produce an uncompromisingly long-lived, remarkably consistent Chateauneuf du Pape. The dark plum/purple-colored 2001 boasts a huge, Provencal-styled bouquet of ground pepper, lavender, roasted herbes de Provence, beef blood, and cranberry as well as black cherry liqueur. This perfumed effort exhibits sweet, broad, full-bodied flavors, moderately high tannin, and admirable density and chewiness. There are also hints of underbrush, new saddle leather, incense, and black fruits. This striking 2001 needs 1-3 years of cellaring. It will drink well for 12-15 years.  


Anthony Hotmail Trust Rating: 76 Tasted On: 03/27/2009

Deep red. Ready to drink now. Medium-bodied and offers flavours of chocolate and berries.

Doron G Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 02/21/2009

Purple in color. Medium legs. Forest floor, Meaty. Medium bodied. Polished texture. Medium finish.


Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 08/01/2005 Drink Dates: 2005-2010

Very aromatic and forward with a piercing blend of white and Vietnamese freshly ground pepper, light game, and raspberry with a hint of French vanilla ice cream. Fairly light but juicy red fruits and pepper in the mouth. A good acidity level and light but rather rough tannin.

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