Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Blanc 2022

"A 50-50 blend of Clairette and Roussanne, all made and matured in stainless steel, the 2022 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a classic example of Vieux Donjon's white. Scents of tangerine, pineapple and white peach are tinged with just a hint of honeyed richness that somehow enhances rather than compromises the overall sense of freshness. It's medium to full-bodied in the mouth, with a silky texture and ample length. Drink 2023 - 2030. 94/100."
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate.

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Tasting Notes

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.

About this wine
StyleWhite Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionRhône, Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape Variety (Cépage)Clairette, Roussanne
Food & Wine MatchingOlives
CellarageDrink young, but will happily absorb 3 to 5 years bottle age.
VinificationThe grapes are hand harvested at optimum ripeness from the vines. They are then fermented at 18 degrees 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

Le Vieux Donjon

It might surprise some people to find that world-renowned domaine Le Vieux Donjon is a relatively new creation, having been founded after the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel in 1979, although these days it is run by their daughter Claire and son François. Despite their huge success, the modest Michel family go about their business with the minimum of fuss, producing just the one red and one white wine from 18 hectares of vines (some of which are over 80 years old) 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 -


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