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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
(search item no. 83174)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A very strong vintage for this traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2003, a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault, has a deep ruby/plum/purple color and a big sweet nose of dried Provencal herbs, licorice, seaweed, and spice box. The wine is massively concentrated, relatively high in alcohol by the standards here (15% plus on their component parts), and has a long, concentrated, chewy finish with high tannin and equally high extract. If there is one Chateauneuf du Pape that smells like an open-air Provencal spice, flower, and food market, it is Vieux Donjon. It is a classic, concentrated essence of Provence, all in an alcoholic beverage. This wine will need 4-5 years of cellaring when released and drink well for 15-20 years."
-Wine Advocate 92-95 Rating
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About Le Vieux Donjon:

Le Vieux Donjon, as it exists today, was created in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel. Both Lucien and Marie José's parents owned vineyards in the region, and those holding were combined to form Le Vieux Donjon. The domaine covers fourteen hectares of vineyards (all farmed organically), thirteen planted to red grapes and one planted to white. The Michel's holdings are primarily in the North and Northwest of the AOC, but they also have small plots in the Southwest and East. Their most important parcel is Pialons, and the grapes from the 2008 come from that parcel as well as those in Cabrieres, Bois de Boursan, Les Marines and Le Mourre de Gaude. The soils are mainly limestone and clay, and are studded with the famed galets roulé, the round, rust-colored stones which were left behind after the retreat of the Alpine glaciers which once covered the region