2018 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape$49.99
This is gorgeous and approvable Chateauneuf du Pape from this riper vintage. The beauty of this estate is that they can make elegant wines even in the riper vintages. This wine has some much going on it could appeal to the new world or old world wine lovers alike. When compared to other wines in the world at the same price point this wine becomes even more of a no-brainer. A great complex not over the top Chateauneuf du Pape that will drink well over the next decade or so!
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 95 pts! A rich, mouth-filling effort, Vieux Donjon's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape is concentrated and velvety, showing plenty of power and weight. Ripe cherries and raspberries are dusted with clove and star anise, then joined by hints of leather and cocoa on the long, intense finish. This is a beautiful Vieux Donjon that should drink well for more than a decade.
Jeb Dunnuck 94 pts! This estate always makes a traditionally styled wine and their 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape is no exception, revealing a medium ruby/purple color as well as spicy, gamey notes of red and black currants, smoked game, peppery garrigue, and new saddle leather. Medium to full-bodied, with terrific elegance (which is the vintage), a gorgeous texture, and outstanding length, this is classic, old-school Châteauneuf du Pape done clean, balanced, and brilliantly! It’s going to evolve nicely for 15 years or more. (Drink between 2020-2035)