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Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 2012
Vinous Media 94
"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. -- Josh Raynolds"

Wine Advocate 92
" A classic wine from  ... read more
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Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork
Item ID: #17498
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Vinous Media 94
"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. -- Josh Raynolds"

Wine Advocate 92
" 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.

Another bastion of traditional Châteauneuf du Papes, Le Vieux Donjon is run by the talented Claire Michel. She produces a single cuvee that’s always a rough blend of 70-75% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. It’s partial destemming and aging occurs all in old foudre. Classic, Provençal, old-school and high-quality are the buzzwords here."

Stephen Tanzer 92-94
"(75% grenache, 10% syrah, 10% mourvedre and 5% cinsault): Vivid ruby. Sexy, expansive aromas of raspberry preserves, potpourri and Asian spices show impressive clarity. Sweet, seamless and pure, offering intense red fruit and floral pastille flavors and notes of allspice and anise. The velvety, focused finish shows superb length and harmonious tannins."

" The secret to the success of Le Vieux Donjon is really no secret at all. They have tremendously old vines (many in excess of 80 years of age) and they are experts at picking only once the grapes have achieved optimum ripeness. Partial de-stemming is practiced, as is a rather lengthy maceration. The juice is then fermented in cement tanks before spending 18-24 months maturing in neutral foudres. As is the case at Clos des Papes, only one cuvée is produced. " ~ Winery notes
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