2007 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

Up there with the 2010 in terms of quality, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape dishes out loads of plum, lavender, ground pepper and licorice in its full-bodied, ripe and layered profile. Possessing a rock-star texture, no hard edges and beautiful concentration, it's drinking nicely now, and should continue to evolve gracefully for another decade.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 214

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2028
Author: James Molesworth

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($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)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 148

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: 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.

Author: 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.

Author: 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.

Rating: 93
Author: musicandwine
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/12/2015
Still showing some fresh fruits but maybe in transition right now.

Rating: 92
Author: Jim Rife
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 03/24/2014

Average rating: 95, based on 8 reviews
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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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