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2007 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
2007 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape
France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape
Red / Rhone Blend
2007 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 148

($64) Glass-staining ruby. Highly expressive, exotically perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, potpourri, smoky minerals and anise. A smooth, silky midweight with flavors of sweet red and dark berries complicated by notes of candied flowers and zesty minerals. Really clings on the finish, with the red fruit flavors refusing to let up. (Wines of France , Mountainside, NJ)

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95+

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 185

Still backward and unevolved, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape (75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 5% other authorized varietals) was aged completely in foudre. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a reticent, but burgeoning bouquet of black cherries, plums, black currants, garrigue, lavender, and licorice. One can sense the weight, power, and richness in the mouth, but the tannins are there, and the wine also has very good acids. Consequently, patience will be required, and this is one 2007 where 2-3 years of bottle age is warranted. The wine is capable of lasting 15-20+ years. This pure, deep, full-bodied 2007 is the finest Chateauneuf du Pape Vieux Donjon has made since their sensational 1998 and 1990.

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94

Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth

Crackles with an urgency atypical for the vintage, with juniper, cassis bush and tobacco notes that manage to be more prominent than the well of dark plum and currant fruit this has in reserve. Racy and invigorating, with the fruit's sappy intensity offset perfectly by the mouthwatering minerality.

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Community Reviews

92

Jim Rife Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 03/24/2014

ebgreenb Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 11/11/2011 Drink Dates: 2014-2025

This has completely closed down. No way to score it at this point. Aeration was no help. Won't open another one for at least 2-3 years.

Burian Brandon Tasted On: 09/19/2011

Let me re phrase it did not go with the chicken breast and green beans. I will say this though tasted alot more drinkable than 2 years ago so i can imagine ine another 5 to 10 years it will be delicious. Wife hit it on the nose strong almost harsh brandy characteristics so hopefully the aging will mellow this CDP out.

TMac Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/24/2010

This wine represented the on-going battle between those who say the 2007 CDP was over-the-top versus those who say it was superb in its ripeness. We can see both sides. The nose was like a bomb going off in the kitchen -- strong scents of black cherry, herbs, pepper, and some alcohol. The body was staggeringly rich -- all kinds of dark fruit (cherries, plums, etc.) just barely overriding the slight burn of the alcohol. Some felt it was way too strong to eat with food (one going so far as to say it was like a brandy). The finish just went on and on. We had this with grilled steak and roasted cauliflower. We probably should have decanted (and waited another 2 years!), but it was great to see what all this talking is about. One group gave it a score in the low 80's while others felt it merited a mod-90's score. Will hold off scoring for now.

92

Vinocholic Trust Rating: 89 Tasted On: 08/07/2010

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