Friday, December 25, 2020

Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape, 1999

The 1998 Vieux Donjon was named No. 1 Wine of the Year by both the Wine Advocate and the Wine Spectator, and it still sells for a premium. That 1998 is still drinking beautifully, but I think I like the 1999 even more. For me, it has more guts, more substance.

Deep color. Throws more sediment than is typical with Chateauneuf du Pape. Very expressive nose from the time the cork is popped. Strawberries, blueberries, spice and garrigue. Very young tasting; lots of primary fruit that is developing very slowly. Modest 13.5% alcohol and good acidity. Ripe black and red fruits resonate on the finish. This is a serious wine that will become more serious as the years roll by. 

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