2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1031006 95 points Wine Spectator

 *#3 on the Top 100 Wines of 2007* Juicy and spicy, with lots of raspberry ganache and blueberry notes offset by hints of mulled spices, black tea and fig cake. Really picks up steam on the finish, with a racy, mouthwatering minerality. Should age beautifully. (JM)  (10/2007)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape shows a dark ruby, almost opaque color as well as a beautiful nose that is fairly perfumed, rich and complex. Black cherry, cracked pepper, licorice and freshly laid asphalt all show up and with air, this picks up roasted herb, spice and subtle charred earth notes. It's the classic Chateauneuf spice aromas with a big dose of tar and black pepper and comes across as traditional, clean and precise. The palate is medium bodied with sweet fruit, plenty of power and a tannic backbone that comes out from under all the fruit with additional air. While this is slightly compact at the moment, I think there's tons of depth to this wine and all kinds of potential and I'm certainly a fan.  (7/2007)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Seductively aromatic bouquet of red and dark berries, fresh flowers and minerals, with subtle garrigue and baking spice character. A round, creamy midweight with deep, sweet raspberry and blackcurrant flavors and a finish featuring gently gripping tannins and excellent smoky persistence. More civilized and fruity than the 2006 and 2004 releases from this top producer. (JR)  (1/2008)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Vieux Donjon has produced a classic Châteauneuf du Pape in 2005, and it has the focused, structured feel of the vintage, yet avoids the harsh tannin that’s found in a lot of cuvees. Exhibiting impressive notes of peppered meats, tapenade, sweet spice, iron and garrigue, with a core of sweet Grenache fruit, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, concentrated and textured on the palate, with superb overall balance. It’s enjoyable today, but will continue to evolve nicely for another decade or longer. (JD)  (2/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid crimson. Lovely and sweet and round. Tannins fully evolved. Very flattering stuff with some floral notes and a bit of grip on the end. Not too heavy but nuanced. (JR)  (11/2014)

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Rhone Blends



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- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape