Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2016
The full-bodied 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a solid effort. Blueberry, cherry and garrigue notes mark the nose, while the palate is firm but silky, with a fine balance between ripeness and grip. I've seen some internet criticism of this estate for moving to a riper, more modern style, but I don't understand that - unless good cellar hygiene is now considered a problem in certain circles. This is a relatively traditional, balanced example of Châteauneuf, with spicy, savory elements combined with generous fruit. A blend of 75% Grenache, 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah and 5% Cinsault that weighs in at 14.8% alcohol, this foudre-aged wine should drink well for a couple of decades. 94/100."
Joe Czerwinski - robertparker.com
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Châteauneuf du Pape|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Cellarage||Drink 2018 - 2026.|
|Vinification||Low yields of ripe grapes are picked by hand from 80-year-old vines. They then undergo an alcoholic fermentation in cement vats for 18-21 days, followed by 2 months in cement tanks for a malolactic fermentation. The wine is left unfiltered and is bottled 18 months after the 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