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Chateauneuf du Pape Vieux Donjon 1990 (750ML)

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Wine Advocate

95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A big, ripe and full-bodied effort that's fully mature, the 1990 Chateauneuf du Pape offers fabulous character and depth, and is about as classic as they comes. Showing an amber/mature color, it has loads of garrigue, spice meats, red currants, licorice and pepper as well as a rich, layered and seamless profile on the palate. It's a thrilling wine, but it's not going to get any better, so drink up. 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." 8/14

Neil Martin

93 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 Southern Rhones cannot seem to do any wrong at the moment. A wonderful, savoury, garrigues-scented bouquet that has you instantly hooked upon its charms. Touches of dried blood coming through. The palate is full-bodied, still sinewy after all these years, dark cherries, spice, Provencal herbs, a hint of balsamic on the back palate with an earthy, gritty finish. So much character and charm. Sublime. Drink now-2015. Tasted December 2008."