Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Blanc 2018
"A tank-aged blend of Clairette and Roussanne, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is medium to full-bodied, with a plump, appealing texture and modest flavors of pear and pineapple. It's a delicious, easy-drinking white Rhône to drink over the next few years, seemingly without the gravitas of some other recent vintages. 90/100." Drink 2019 - 2021.
Joe Czerwinski - robertparker.com
The Michel family presides over just 1 hectare of white grapes - Roussanne & Clairette. The Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc they produce has delicate fleurs blanche aromas and a generous weight of ripe orchard fruit and a persistent dry finish.
This fine white Châteauneuf' is made from roughly equal volumes of Clairette and Roussanne, vinified in stainless steel and bottled the winter following the harvest. It is savoury and sapid with alluring fleurs blanches aromas, a well-delineated palate of white orchard fruit and a long, elegant finish. It would make an excellent foil for a Mediterranean tapenade.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Châteauneuf du Pape|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Clairette, Roussanne|
|Food & Wine Matching||Olives|
|Cellarage||Drink young, but will happily absorb 3-5 years bottle age.|
|Vinification||The grapes are hand harvested at optimum ripeness from 10-year-old vines. They are then fermented at 18°C with malolactic fermentation being blocked to preserve the wines freshness. The wine is vinified in enamel vats prior to being fined and bottled the month after the following years vendage.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Le Vieux Donjon (Lucien Michel)
It might surprise some people to find that world-renowned Le Vieux Donjon is a relatively new creation, having been founded after the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel in 1979. Despite their huge success, the modest Michels (these days ably assisted by their daughter Claire and son Francois) go about their business with the minimum of fuss, producing just the one red and one white wine from 18 hecatares of vines (across 6 lieux-dits) and eschewing the practice of fancy special cuvées.
"If seeking The Real Thing at Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where the Grenache is quite rightly seasoned with other varietal influences, and where the land is allowed to speak, I would highly recommend Le Vieux Donjon to anyone`s cellar."
John Livingstone-Learmonth. drinkrhone.com