2000 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($30) Full deep red. Highly nuanced nose combines roasted, liqueur-like red fruits, smoke, truffle and spice cake; this reminded me of Vega Sicilia! Then silky but vinous and firm; a bit subdued today but boasts lovely fruit intensity and incipient complexity. Finishes long and subtle, with ripe, suave tannins and a late note of pepper. This should develop beautifully with bottle aging. (Alain Junguenet/Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 106

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Beautiful, silky Châteauneuf terroir aromas: leather, game, truffles, plum, dried herbs, lead pencil. It all swirls around in the palate, a deeply satisfying blend that surprises and harks back to something as simple as a walk in the country on a rainy autumn day. Supple tannins on the balanced finish.

Drink Dates: 2002-2010
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape represents an educational tour of the southern Rhone, in particular, Chateauneuf du Pape. It possesses all the appellation's classic components ... underbrush, garrigue, licorice, pepper, lavender, sweet black cherries, and incense. Extremely perfumed and heady, this full-bodied, moderately tannic offering comes close to matching the mass and blockbuster power of the 1998. Firm tannin in the finish suggests a long aging curve. Given my experience with Vieux Donjon, most of the classic vintages hit their peak at 7-8 years, where they remain for 5-6 years. Around age 15-16 they begin a slow decline. The 2000 should follow that path.

Drink Dates: 2006-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 145

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Ryan Opaz
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/04/2007
Great wine that needed about an hour and a half to fully develop in the glass. Rich nose at first of raspberry and bacon fat, with smokey notes. All of which with time gave way to soft layered spices. Great wine. 4/5

Rating: 93
Author: AllanBG
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 06/03/2010

Rating: 92
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation I was shocked at how mature this wine was and what character had evolved through its few years of bottle aging. A dead ringer for a Left Bank Bordeaux (perhaps a Graves), this 7 year old Rhone evoked notions of cigar box, sweet tobacco, new saddle leather, cinnamon spice, black currant and loam. Uncommonly restrained and elegant in the palate, pumping waves of medium bodied, satin-textured fruit speckled with copious amounts of pepper and truffle to the finish. Understated and enshrouded in subtlety that belies the vintage and the wine?s age, a sure fire bet for a mature claret lover

Rating: 92
Author: NerD
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/04/2009
It was time to drink with perhaps another 2 to 5 years left.

Rating: 84
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/20/2003
Drink Dates: 2003-2007
Medium dusky violet colored wine with a few distinct clear legs. With airing, the wine gives up light aromas of spice and red fruits. Sweet spicy yet indistinct fruit on the palate with well-balanced crisp acidity. The wine finishes short with light to moderate tannins.

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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1186 bottles owned by 327 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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