Saturday, January 5, 2008

Chateauneuf du Pape Le Vieux Donjon, 1994

The best thing about buying case lots of wines like Grand Prieur is that it allows you to buy smaller quantities of wines like Le Vieux Donjon for longer term cellaring. This bottle cost me less than $15 about eleven years ago. To replace it with the current vintage, of course, would set you back about $50.

Medium deep and dark./ Very rich nose, deep and layered like fruit cake. Hints of barnyard (but not nearly as much as in the 1994 Bois de Boursan). Great fruit concentration./ Same on palate. Deep, concentrated flavors. Very much an old fashioned CdP; reminds me of 1988 and 1989 Lucien Barrot. Old vine Grenache berry/cherry/tobacco, Provencal herbs and spices. Mature and lovely. My kind of Chateauneuf du Pape, and it's drinking beautifully right now.

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