2012 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1151195 94 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. Exotic, expansive aromas of fresh red and dark berries, incense, anise and garrigue. Deep, sappy black raspberry and boysenberry flavors show excellent clarity, with a hint of spicecake building in the glass. Nicely balances power and finesse and shows outstanding vivacity. A smoky mineral note adds lift and cut to the long, fruit-driven finish, which shows just a hint of silky tannins. (JR)  (4/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A classic wine from this estate, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape has beautiful kirsch, roasted meat, ground pepper and assorted wild herbs and lavender aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness, and a tight, structured and nicely concentrated palate. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2024. (JD)  (9/2014)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Lucian and Marie José Michel make just one red Châteauneuf, a Grenache-heavy wine off 60-year-old vines. Vinified in cement and aged in neutral oak, the 2012 is immediately winning in its violet and spice scents, as well as its saturated, juicy red raspberry fruit. There’s a steaky substance to it, an element that suggests this will last well in the cellar over the next ten years, but it’s undeniably delicious right now.  (2/2015)

K&L Notes

75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault.

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Chateauneuf du Pape