2006 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend
2006 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($62) Ruby-red. Intensely perfumed aromas of Asian spices, garrigue, red berries, smoke and minerals. This elegant wine calls to mind pinot noir in its weight and texture. Sweet, palate-staining raspberry and cherry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity. Very pure and seductive wine with no gamey qualities and a long, sweet finish. (Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 142

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Wine Advocate | 91

The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape reveals the vintage's peppery, earthy spiciness along with notes of forest floor, root vegetables, black cherries, and meat. This rich, medium to full-bodied effort possesses moderately soft tannin as well as good body, depth, and richness. It is a strong effort that should age nicely for 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2008-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 179

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Wine Spectator | 93

Slightly firm, with junpier, sage and sandalwood hints framing dark plum, currant, coffee and mineral notes. The grippy finish has a cedar note in the background, with hints of black tea and tar. A gutsy style, with fresh acidity in reserve.

Drink Dates: 2009-2028
Author: James Molesworth
Issue: Web

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Author: JWNielsen
Tasted On: 05/21/2014
Drink Dates: 2009-2028
93 WS Slightly firm, with juniper, sage and sandalwood hints framing dark plum, currant, coffee and mineral notes. The grippy finish has a cedar note in the background, with hints of black tea and tar. A gutsy style, with fresh acidity in reserve. Best from 2009 through 2028. (11/ 2008)
Score: 95
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/07/2012
Score: 96
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation To me, this baby Donjon was ridiculously accessible and already offering up an immense level of complexity, richness and nuance (this had to be the most impressive showing of all the 2006?s I tasted). A hypnotic, riveting nose of tree bark, graphite, plum sauce, black currant and fresh Provencal herbs erupt from the glass as if they were shot out of a cannon. The palate is purely a synthesis of restrained power with admirable grace and it is absolutely mind boggling to me how well this is showing at such a young age. This may rival the ?98 and I believe it should surpass the ?05 in overall quality

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

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