- 1995 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (2/21/2009)
This was absolutely wonderful. Took about an hour to fully open up, but when it did it showed a very expressive nose of juniper berry, garrigue and blackberries. This led to a full-bodied palate with dark fruits, herb, and meaty notes supported by a minerally spine. Finishes long with no rough edges. Very well balanced and absolutely singing right now. Didn't find this to be tough or tannic at all. If you have some, it would be worth cracking one open. Wonderful with lamb stew. (95 pts.)
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My apologies to James Molesworth, but juniper berry is a wonderful descriptor for that particular flavor that is so common in Vieux Donjon. I hope you don't mind my stealing it.