Le Vieux Donjon
Chateauneuf du Pape 2016
Rhone Valley, France, $69.99
A rare, excellent vintage.
Exceptional in many aspects, 2017 witnessed weather records that led to an early and small harvest. The main characteristic of this vintage however is certainly the outstanding quality of the wines produced. Well balanced wines, rich and with beautiful silky tannins for the reds, fresh and fruity for the whites.
"A prospective blend of Vieux Donjon's 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape looked particularly strong. At 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the balance Mourvèdre and Cinsault, it reflects the vintage's poor fruit set in the Grenache and the strength of the Mourvèdre. It shows amazingly fresh, floral notes, bright strawberry and raspberry fruit, matched by full body, ample richness and length." "93-95 points". The Wine Advocate August 2018.