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Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 2012  - Last Bottle

Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 2012

Man, we have to sit down. Maybe have a martini to steady the nerves. WOW wow wow! Vieux Donjon in 2012 at a price anywhere near this is simply UNHEARD of! But that’s what we do here, we turn reality on its rear most days. Incredible!


We really hope you are getting this before we sell out, because…CHATEAUNEUF! The soaring, kirschy, sweet herb, licorice spice, holiness of Chateauneuf lifts our spirits and our wings..OK, sorry, that’s too much. But, man, we love it and Vieux Donjon is as classic as it gets. This price...crazy. Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled gushing…


Kirsch, pure and fresh as the driven snow. Cherries, savory soy, sweet jam, spicecake, sweet flowers, all in a spectacularly lovely, elegant but concentrated mouth. How many ways can you say wow? This is drinking terrifically RIGHT NOW, at this moment, but will only improve for the next few years if you can wait! LOAD UP while we have it!! Have a great weekend!!

Concentrated flavors of anise, garrigue, dark fruits, game, spice and wild herbs resound in this traditional Chateauneuf from Le Vieux Donjon. The character of the very old (80+ years!) vines and expert winemaking are evident from start to finish.

Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Cheateauneuf-du-Pape
Blend: 75% grenache, 10% syrah, 10% mourvedre and 5% cinsault
Varietal: Rhone Blend
Vineyard: Old vines (most 80+ years)
Winemaker: Claire Fabre
Aging/Cooperage: Fermented in cement tanks before spending 18-24 months maturing in neutral foudres.
Alcohol: 14%

About The Producer

Le Vieux Donjon was formed in 1966 by Marcel Michel and since 1979 had been managed by Lucien Michel and Marie Michel. Brother and sister team Claire Fabre and François Michel have since taken over. Vineyards are made up of 18 hectares, 17 of which are planted to reds and showcasing the old vine Grenache. With few exceptions only two cuvees- a red and a white are produced each vintage.

Pairing Suggestions

Grilled, stewed and braised meats like beef, veal, pork, chicken and game.

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