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2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-Du-Pape (1.5 Liter - Magnum Bottle)

#3 - WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 - 2007
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Vintage 2005
Varietal Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Bottle Size 1500
Style Red
Region Rhone Valley
Subregion Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Wine Spectator
Juicy and spicy, with lots of raspberry ganache and blueberry notes offset by hints of mulled spices, black tea and fig cake. Really picks up steam on the finish, with a racy, mouthwatering minerality. Should age beautifully. Drink now through 2025.
Stephen Tanzer's IWC
Deep ruby. Seductively aromatic bouquet of red and dark berries, fresh flowers and minerals, with subtle garrigue and baking spice character. A round, creamy midweight with deep, sweet raspberry and blackcurrant flavors and a finish featuring gently gripping tannins and excellent smoky persistence. More civilized and fruity than the 2006 and 2004 releases from this top producer.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape has a more saturated dark ruby/purple color and an elegant nose of licorice, roasted meat, sweet blackberries and cherries, as well as cedar and spice. The wine is medium to full-bodied, has good acidity, and seems to convey a sense of both elegance and power with beautiful balance and purity.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Jeb Dunnuck - More firm, structured and tannic, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape has a bloody, almost iron-like quality to go with more traditional roasted herbs, black cherries and garrigue. Still slightly backward, it needs another couple of years and will drink nicely through 2025. Another bastillion of traditional Chateauneuf du Pape, Vieux Donjon is owned by Lucien and Marie Jose Michel, with the winemaking now firmly in the hands of their talented daughter, Claire Michel. They produce a single red and white Chateauneuf du Pape, with the red always a rough blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and the balance a mix of other permitted varieties. They started partial destemming in 1993, pulling out the green stems and keeping the more lignified stems. Aging occurs all in concrete tanks and older foudre. This was a fabulous tasting with both Claire and her brother Francois, and as I hope the notes show, the wines have classic Chateauneuf du Pape character and broad drink windows.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
As one would expect, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is formidably tannic, backward, and in need of 5-6 years of bottle age. Its dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by classic notes of sweet cherries, roasted herbs, meat juices, forest floor, and resiny underbrush. Deep, full-bodied, backward, and serious, this is a wine for patient connoisseurs.

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