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Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge, Le Vieux Donjon 2008


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Another outstanding vintage for this most consistent producer of traditional-style Chateauneuf. Clearly, it is in difficult vintages, such as 2008, where the great producers like Donjon are sorted out from the ordinary. Made with mostly Grenache from vines that are nearly 100 years-old planted in pebble-covered soils. Excellent concentration and structure. Very attractive ripe fruit flavors. Drinking beautifully and will stay this way for years.

"This is rock-solid, with lots of crushed raspberry, kirsch, juniper and smoked apple wood notes, backed by a broad, plush, spiceand anise-filled finish. Nicely rounded and integrated for the vintage. Drink now through 2021." 93/100 Wine Spectator Insider

"Deep red. Fresh red berries, flowers and spicecake on the nose, with a hint of white pepper adding energy. Juicy, finely etched strawberry and raspberry flavors show a pinot-like character and are framed by silky tannins. The lively finish features a lingering note of candied flowers. This graceful, understated wine should be delicious on release." 90/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

"The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape is certainly a strong effort for the vintage. Classic notes of kirsch, plum, spice box, cedar, and garrigue are accompanied by deep fruit, an attractive dark ruby/plum color, and surprising body as well as depth for a 2008. It should drink well young, and evolve for up to a decade." 88-90/100 Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate