2006 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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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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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:

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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