1998 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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WS 97   WA 96   IWC 93   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

An explosive and racy Châteauneuf, bursting with roasted game, wild berry, grilled bread, dark chocolate and espresso character. Ripe and sweet-tasting, with enough opulent fruit to balance the firm tannin structure that rises like an impenetrable wall on the spectacular finish. 4,165 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape from the Michel family was firing on all cylinders for this retrospective, and while IâÂ?Â?ve had bottles stateside that seem tired, this was beautiful on all accounts. Garrigue, truffle, leather and plenty of ripe fruit flow to a full-bodied, mouth filling and unctuously textured feel on the palate. A classic, foudre-aged blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and the rest other permitted varieties, I would drink bottles ASAP while theyâÂ?Â?re showing this beautifully, but it will certainly hold nicely for another 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2015-2023
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 220

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Deep red. Spicy, deeply pitched aromas of fresh raspberry, pepper, cinnamon, gunflint and game. Thick, silky and compellingly sweet in the mouth, with liqueur-like flavors of raspberry, blackberry and game. Superripe but not over the top. Finishes very long, with fine, dusty tannins. Not the most complex or primary example of the vintage, but this could not be mistaken for anything but ripe-vintage Chateauneuf du Pape. (Alain Junguenet/Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 94

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation Here lies the necessary slap in the face as the aromatics of number three remind me why this region charges up my batteries. A gorgeous vision of a wine, w/ oodles of black truffles, cedar, graphite, cr?me de cassis, raspberry ganache and forest floor notes that left a tactile, engrossing impression on me immediately. The mouthfeel is explosive and striking, with a gorgeous sense of vibrancy and multidimensional texture that renders me pleasured and clamoring for another sip. Who needs multiple cuvees? Vieux Donjon was indeed the bargain of the vintage

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Rating: 96
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/20/2003
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Le Vieux Donjon is a trustworthy old school producer of slightly rustic Chateauneuf. In the most special vintages (when they say special they mean special ?during the nineties this wine was only produced in 1990 and 1998), the single best lot of old vine wine is kept back to be bottled separately. The wine is mainly reserved for the consumption of friends and family. Luckily, some of it makes it into the distribution channel. The wine appears like a standard bottle from Le Vieux save that it is marked by a cheap gold sticker that indicates the wine is the Cuvee Speciale. The wine has already thrown a heavy sediment (they bottle the wine unfined and unfiltered) and shows thick caking down the side of the bottle where it has laid in the cellar. Black red nearly opaque colored wine with lots of thick slightly pigmented legs. A raucous, perfumed, and complex nose of Epoisses, leather, plum, sweet tree bark, rose, sage, pepper (white and black), lavender, slight mint, cranberry, and dusky raspberry. In the nose the wine reminds me quite a lot of Bonneau. Generally, Bonneau, Rayas, and Donjon can be counted one to be the last to harvest their grapes in any vintage therefore the similarity is not surprising. Suave and enticing flavors cascade across the palate. Despite the elegance, the wine's depth of flavor is impressive. Tannin become prominent starting in the mid palate but nevertheless the wine finishes long with complex (but not fruit derived) flavors. Acidity is high but well integrated. Chateauneuf rarely gets better than this.

Rating: 96
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/23/2009
Drink Dates: 2006-2014
Enticingly deep dusty purple with little rim variation. The dust/must continues to the bouquet where it mingles with cooked blueberries, black cherry, chocolate, cola nut, and a ton of 'wine making detritus' (sticks/stems/etc). Definitely an old school vibe from this wine. A tidal wave of sumptuous fruit strikes the palate, but this quickly dissipates to reveal a chewy, well integrated structure of tannin and acid that pushes through a 1 minute finish. Great wine.

Rating: 91
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 11/22/2012

Average rating: 95, based on 7 reviews
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1656 bottles owned by 373 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Rhone Blend

"Rhone blends" are typically red wines comprised of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre in varying proportions. However, the red blends may also include any of the traditional varieties grown in the Rhone Valley such as the 14 allowed in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. There are also Rhone blend roses which use the same varieties as their red counterparts. White Rhone blends are typically some combination of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache blanc, and lesser varieties.

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