Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The 2010 vintage of this wine was ranked #16 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2012
"With respect to the red wines, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape (75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault) exhibits lots of tapenade, new saddle leather, garrigue, black currant, black cherry, smoke, earth and gamy/meaty notes. It is a surprisingly full-bodied, rich, layered 2011 that should drink well for 10-15 years.
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. A wild, complex bouquet displays candied cherry, lavender, smoked meat and licorice. Sappy and penetrating, offering sweet cherry and floral pastille flavors and a smoky nuance. A note of bitter chocolate comes up with air and carries through a long, sappy finish. In an old-school style and quite a bit more feral than recent vintages for this property, which will please long-time fans.
International Wine Cellar
"A roasted juniper note leads the way, with brick dust and tobacco accents lining the core of steeped damson plum and blackberry fruit. Minerally finish. Drink now through 2026."
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Learn About Le Vieux Donjon Map It
Le Vieux Donjon, as it exists today, was created in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie Jose Michel. Both Lucien and Marie Jose'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...
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Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...
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Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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