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  • 2003 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (9/15/2005)
    A litte muted of a nose and a tannic beast, as one would expect. Very nice fruit with beautiful licorice and spice flavors in a well structured wine. This thing should be very good with a bunch of bottle age, however, no regrets in opening a 375 this early. Will seek out more.

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tomtom, do you think this is an unusual LVD? I'm wondering over all if the 03 vintage will be 'freaky' or if these wine will show typicity.


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Tilly, I just haven't had enough LVD to make a good comparison. I can say that if you had put this in with a number of California Rhone-style blends, I likely would not have been able to pick it out. It also seems more tannic that most other '03s CdPs that I've tasted.
 
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Young CdPs are extremely difficult to evaluate. I bought five bottles based on Parker's rating, but I don't anticipate opening one for many years.


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We had our first one last night. I've never had a great Donjon...until this bottle! What a great CdP! Nose was a bit soft, but layers of juicy fruit explode on the palate. I realize this isn't much more than 9 years old, but I can't imagine it getting any better, though I wouldn't be in a hurry to drink these. I will, however, have another one soon. This was the quintessentially great CdP. Best wine I've had in quite a while. 97


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Makes me happy I bought a case of the 2010. I just have to live long enough to enjoy them.


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I thought I might be drabbing this one, but it was open for business. I haven't been a fan of Donjon, but it got a great review. Still this this far exceeded Parker's praise.


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You may need to explain what "drabbing" is.

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Hey, I think I'll bring one to Florida with me. I haven't sent out an email yet because my wife is losing most of her vacation due to Sandy and I'm not sure when she'll be there. I arrive the evening of the 13th and am not sure when I'm leaving.


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Board-o you ought to be ashamed of breaking your cdp open before it is 15 years old. You must be a changed man. Razz
 
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Well, according to what I read, it was in its drinking window, and I had 5, so I took the plunge, and I'm glad I did. I have plenty of other things to be ashamed about!


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Now I'm looking forward to my lone magnum of the '04 more than ever - in 2018 or so.

I am popping a '95 tonight though.
 
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Board-O, your recent experience with the /03 sounds great!

I've been buying Donjon from the good vintages since the /98 was released. I began opening a few from different vintages over the last couple of years and have yet to be overwhelmed. I always figured it was due to my lack of patience so I'm intrigued by your TN.

I'd appreciate your thoughts on decanting the /03 if opened in the near future.
 
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I also had yet to be overwhelmed by a Le Vieux Donjon previous to this bottle. It got a great review so I bought 5 bottles at release. This bottle seemed ready to me. No rough edges and loads of fruit and a juicy acidity. A little more depth and complexity, which could come from further age, would make this pretty close to perfect.

I decanted this and poured the last, sediment-bearing bit through a coffee filter into a glass. I tasted that part right away and was amazed. The decanted wine didn't really seem to improve in the glass, but was outstanding over the course of dinner. My suggestion would be to decant and taste right away and see what you think. You can hold it for quite a while. It certainly won't deteriorate for hours.


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Thanks for the advice Board-O. Think I'll go stand one up.

Cheers!
 
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I have a bunch of the '05s. I hope they're as good.

Wish I was still able to crack one with you in FLA Board-O.
 
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Maybe in NY


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