vieux donjon (michel lucien), chateauneuf-du-pape, rouge 2007
Still open and ready to go, this continues a steady stream of brilliant bottles of the 2007 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Incredibly perfumed and complex, with copious kirsch, lavender, candied garrigue, roasted meats, pepper, and seaweed like qualities on the nose, this full-bodied, straight-up decadent ’07 takes time to unwind, and shows the most depth, layers, and richness a full day after opening. At maturity, this may actually eclipse the brilliant ’98. It will age beautifully for 20+ years.
Crackles with an urgency atypical for the vintage, with juniper, cassis bush and tobacco notes that manage to be more prominent than the well of dark plum and currant fruit this has in reserve. Racy and invigorating, with the fruit's sappy intensity offset perfectly by the mouthwatering minerality.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Up there with the 2010 in terms of quality, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape dishes out loads of plum, lavender, ground pepper and licorice in its full-bodied, ripe and layered profile. Possessing a rock-star texture, no hard edges and beautiful concentration, it’s drinking nicely now, and should continue to evolve gracefully for another decade.