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Le Vieux Donjon - Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Rouge 2021

Price: $75.00

Producer Le Vieux Donjon
Country France
Region Rhône
Subregion Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Varietal Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre Cinsault
Vintage 2021
Sku 017041
ABV 15.00%

Le Vieux Donjon was established in 1966 when Marcel Michel decided to produce his own wine after years of selling off his harvest in bulk to negociants. In 1979, Marcel’s son, Lucien, took over the estate with his wife, Marie-José, who also came from a winemaking family. The property is comprised of 18 organically-farmed hectares in the southern Rhône, with all but one devoted to the production of Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge; the other producing white wine. Le Vieux Donjon possesses an enormous wealth of old vines, with one-third of their vines being over 100 years of age. In 2008, the couple’s daughter Claire joined them in the vineyards and cellar. Today, Claire runs the estate with her brother, François, who began working at Le Vieux Donjon in 2013. The estate only produces two cuvées: one red and one white. The wines are fermented in cement tanks, then aged in foudre for 18-20 months.

Le Vieux Donjon's Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge is a gorgeous blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault. Aromatically, the wine burst from the glass, tantalizing the senses with notes of ripe black berry and stone fruits which are accented with hints of black pepper, garrigue and spice. The full-bodied palate is textured and concentrated, offering flavors of macerated blackberries and dark cherry which envelop rich, juicy tannins. The finish displays supreme complexity and depth, elegantly highlighted with the perfect touch of acidity. Pair with roasted or grilled red meat and game... grilled steaks, slow-roasted leg of wild boar or honey-baked pheasant breast with plums.

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