2004 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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2004 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($45) Dark red. Intense strawberry and raspberry aromas, with complicating suggestions of tapenade and smoked meat. Full and deep, with lush bitter cherry and blackcurrant flavors complicated by a hint of game. Finishes on a sweet cherry note, with suave tannins and very good length. (Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 130

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Wine Advocate | 90

The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape is similar in style to their 1999 but with more power. A cedary, sweet bouquet of herbes de Provence, roasted meats, kirsch liqueur, resiny notes, and perhaps incense as well, jumps from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, fragrant, savory style of wine. Its tannins are present and persistent but sweet and well-integrated. The wine reveals outstanding concentration, purity, and plenty of Provencal typicity. It should drink well for 10-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 169

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Wine Spectator | 94

Tight on the nose, but with a great beam of red and black fruits, as well as hoisin sauce, olive, cocoa, tar and raspberry ganache. Long, lush finish pumps out darker and darker fruit. Has the racy profile of the vintage, but its range sets it apart. 4,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2026
Author: James Molesworth


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Score: 92
Author: Stefan N
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/26/2012
Score: 93
Author: TheRhoneStore
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 08/15/2009
Score:
Author: bkkchriss4
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 10/14/2007
Drink Dates: 2012+
More Vintages and Sizes of Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape:

2010 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
2001 (1.5L)

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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