2003 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend
2003 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($45) Dark red. Sweet, exotic aromas of blackberry, cassis, molasses, bitter chocolate and dried flowers. Richly textured and dense, offering ripe dark berry flavors and nuances of floral pastilles and dark chocolate. A fat, unctuous wine that also boasts excellent purity of fruit and length, with soft, rounded tannins. (Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 124

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Jancis Robinson | 18+

Deep crimson. Very, very rich and layered - almost animal. Confident, powerful, rich with a juicy start. Masses of ripe fruit on the front palate. Big, burly classic Châteauneuf with rather a hot finish.

Drink Dates: 2008-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 94

The powerful 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape comes closest in character to the 1990 (which is still drinking beautifully). Its dark ruby/plum/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of resiny pine forest interwoven with creme de cassis, black cherries, melted licorice, and smoky herbs. In the mouth, gamy, meaty flavors emerge along with black currants, cherries, and a hint of the sushi wrapper called nori. Full, rich, and moderately tannic, this 2003 requires another 1-3 years of bottle age, and should keep for 12-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2021
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 163

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Wine Spectator | 93

Hard as nails now, this is packed with ultraripe plum and blackberry fruit all supported by brawny, muscular tannins that romp through a licorice- and tar-filled finish. May be ferocious for some, but those who sock it away in the cellar will be rewarded. 5,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2025
Author: James Molesworth


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Score: 90
Author: botro
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/15/2013
Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Ruby color with slight brick color around the edge. Slight earth/dust and cherry aromas. Dry tannic in flavor, slight raisin taste followed by dried fruit. Medium body showing more age than I would expect for a 10 yr old CDP but a good wine needing some time in the glass to further open up.

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Score: 92
Author: Juan K
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/11/2012

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Score: 94
Author: RHD
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 07/04/2008
Drink Dates: 2005-2015
A Beauty. one of my favorites. Drink now or later.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape:

2010 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)

About This Producer


Le Vieux Donjon was founded by Marcel Michel, who did the first bottling at his domain in 1966. Since 1979 Marie Jose and Lucien Michel have run the property. The estate includes 14 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape, of which one ha is planted to white varieties. The vinification process is done in the traditional method with only one cuvee made of red and of white Chateauneuf du Pape. The cellars are situated on the route from Chateauneuf du Pape to Courthezon and the buildings at Avenue Saint Joseph serve as the private mansion for the family.

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