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CDP Le Vieux Donjon, Le Vieux Donjon (Lucien Michel) 2019

RegionRhône
SubregionChateauneuf-du-Pape
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyGrenache

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Tasting Notes

A beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, classic effort from this team, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape boasts a deeper ruby/purple color, traditional notes of ground pepper, Provençal garrigue, smoked meat, and red and black fruits, a terrific mid-palate, ripe, silky tannins, and a great, great finish. This is an outstanding vintage for this cuvée that’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 20 years or more. 2020 - 2040

94/96+
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, October 2020

A brilliant ruby colour in the glass, this is wonderfully aromatic, traditional Chateauneuf. Layers of fine herbs, dried flowers and succulent red fruits shine through on a layered, fragrant nose. The palate is fleshy and rounded as you might expect, but there is a finesse and lift here too. This makes for superb approachability despite the intensity, with an elegance and poise above the 2018. Bursting with red fruit and ripe herbs on the finish, this is very long and yet perfectly balanced. A superb Vieux Donjon.

17.5
Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, November 2020

Cask sample. Oodles of fresh fruit with a sense of earthy minerality – fragrant sweet blueberry pie. A note of leather and then followed by layers of very fine refined tannins that drench the whole palate but always with grace, a lovely note of chocolate and violets with a mish mash of dark and red fruits – ripe, generous, succulent but also very focussed. Absolutely delicious. (AC)
Drink 2025 – 2045

18
Alistair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2020
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