2006 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1040490 93 points Wine Spectator

 Slightly firm, with juniper, sage and sandalwood hints framing dark plum, currant, coffee and mineral notes. The grippy finish has a cedar note in the background, with hints of black tea and tar. A gutsy style, with fresh acidity in reserve. Best from 2009 through 2028.  (11/ 2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Intensely perfumed aromas of Asian spices, garrigue, red berries, smoke and minerals. This elegant wine calls to mind pinot noir in its weight and texture. Sweet, palate-staining raspberry and cherry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity. Very pure and seductive wine with no gamey qualities and a long, sweet finish.  (2/ 2009)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape reveals the vintage’s peppery, earthy spiciness along with notes of forest floor, root vegetables, black cherries, and meat. This rich, medium to full-bodied effort possesses moderately soft tannin as well as good body, depth, and richness. It is a strong effort that should age nicely for 15+ years.  (10/ 2008)

Wine & Spirits

 This hits all the right notes-bacon, pepper, earth and leather-plus a liberal dose of polished chocolate-cherry fruit. Its sweetness will play well off pork belly.  (2/ 2008)

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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/25/2008  | Send Email
This is a wonderful CdP from a great vintage. Aromas of truffle, garrigue, blackberries, sandalwood and bacon fat are already coming through - and I thought the nose seemed a little muted. Wow, can you imagine what it will smell like with a little bottle age? You won't be able to pull your face from the glass. Sweet fruit and grippy tannins on the palate now, this is a wine to buy and put away for five years, but it will be well worth the wait.

By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/19/2008  | Send Email
Year in and year out Le Vieux Donjon is always one of my favorite wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the 2006 is no exception. Full-bodied, with nuances of crushed black cherry, dried herbs, hints of black olive, sea kelp and a whiff of lavender. Although a more elegant example of the region, the 2006 is still built for aging and is a prime candidate for the cellar.
Drink from 2010 to 2020

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape