2006 vieux donjon (michel lucien), chateauneuf-du-pape, rouge
Why We're Buying
Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape is new by European wine standards. Established in 1966, the organically farmed wine has made a name for itself by honoring traditional winemaking techniques while providing a modern twist.
Slightly firm, with juniper, sage and sandalwood hints framing dark plum, currant, coffee and mineral notes. The grippy finish has a cedar note in the background, with hints of black tea and tar. A gutsy style, with fresh acidity in reserve. Best from 2009 through 2028.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape reveals the vintage's peppery, earthy spiciness along with notes of forest floor, root vegetables, black cherries, and meat. This rich, medium to full-bodied effort possesses moderately soft tannin as well as good body, depth, and richness. It is a strong effort that should age nicely for 15+ years.