2001 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 1.5L

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend   |     Watch

WA 95   IWC 94   WS 92   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape is a beauty! Classic and textbook in style, with ample cured meats, earth, herbs and mature currant and blackberry fruit, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, a gorgeous texture and serious length. It's drinking beautifully now, but will continue to shine through 2021.

Drink Dates: 2014-2021
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 214

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($39) Red-ruby. Flamboyant, wild Chateauneuf du Pape aromas of raspberry, pepper, leather, Cuban cigar tobacco, fruitcake, game and truffle. Explosive, layered and deep, with captivating flavors of game, leather, melting chocolate cake, leather, incense and black pepper. Wonderfully suave and silky but with terrific verve and grip. Finishes with fine, palate-coating tannins and sneaky length. If someone sticks a glass of this in your face and you don't say Chateauneuf du Pape, you should give up wine drinking. (Wines from France, Mountainside, NJ)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 112

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Supple and full of ripe, beautiful black fruit, this Provençal seducer coats the palate with its silky texture, delivering lavender, wet earth, mineral, smoke, lead pencil, plum and sweet tannins. Only on the finish does the tannic edge suggest short-term cellaring, but tempting now with steak or lamb. Another great achievement from Le Vieux Donjon. 4,165 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2012
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Doron G
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/21/2009
Purple in color. Medium legs. Forest floor, Meaty. Medium bodied. Polished texture. Medium finish.

Rating: 93
Author: jrwill
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 07/18/2009
Drink Dates: 2005
One of the appellation’s classic, old style offerings, the Michel family continues to produce an uncompromisingly long-lived, remarkably consistent Chateauneuf du Pape. The dark plum/purple-colored 2001 boasts a huge, Provencal-styled bouquet of ground pepper, lavender, roasted herbes de Provence, beef blood, and cranberry as well as black cherry liqueur. This perfumed effort exhibits sweet, broad, full-bodied flavors, moderately high tannin, and admirable density and chewiness. There are also hints of underbrush, new saddle leather, incense, and black fruits. This striking 2001 needs 1-3 years of cellaring. It will drink well for 12-15 years.  

Rating: 93
Author: AllanBG
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 11/19/2009

Rating: 92
Author: mike1054
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/27/2014

Rating: 90
Author: Anthony Hotmail
Trust Rating: 76
Tasted On: 03/27/2009
Deep red. Ready to drink now. Medium-bodied and offers flavours of chocolate and berries.

Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

80 bottles owned by 42 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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