Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Blanc 2017
"Vieux Donjon's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a 50-50 blend of Clairette and Roussanne, fermented and aged (briefly) in stainless steel. It's medium to full-bodied, with a plump, engaging mouthfeel and bright pineapple and lime flavors that linger on the finish, picking up notes of citrus zest. Drink it over the next couple of years for its freshness, or do as Claire Michel suggests and hold it for 10+ years. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 92/100."
Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com
This fine white Châteauneuf' is made from roughly equal volumes of Clairette and Roussanne, vinified in stainless steel and bottled the winter following the harvest. It is savoury and sapid with alluring fleurs blanches aromas, a well-delineated palate of white orchard fruit and a long, elegant finish. It would make an excellent foil for a Mediterranean tapenade.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Châteauneuf du Pape|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Clairette, Roussanne|
|Cellarage||Drink young, but will happily absorb 3-5 years bottle age.|
|Vinification||The grapes are hand harvested at optimum ripeness from 10-year-old vines. They are then fermented at 18°C with malolactic fermentation being blocked to preserve the wines freshness. The wine is vinified in enamel vats prior to being fined and bottled the month after the following years vendage.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Le Vieux Donjon (Lucien Michel)
It might surprise some people to find that world-renowned Le Vieux Donjon is a relatively new creation, having been founded after the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel in 1979. Despite their huge success, the modest Michels (these days ably assisted by their daughter Claire and son Francois) go about their business with the minimum of fuss, producing just the one red and one white wine from 18 hecatares of vines (across 6 lieux-dits) and eschewing the practice of fancy special cuvées.
"If seeking The Real Thing at Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where the Grenache is quite rightly seasoned with other varietal influences, and where the land is allowed to speak, I would highly recommend Le Vieux Donjon to anyone`s cellar."
John Livingstone-Learmonth. drinkrhone.com