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A tale of a delicious Chateauneuf du Pape….

My love for Chateauneuf du Pape started with the 1988 and a delicious bottle of Vieux Telegraphe that paired wonderfully with a venison backstrap.   It started my love with wines from the Rhone with its peppery, spicy, earthy nose and rich, balanced palate.   Over the years I have continued to enjoy wines like Beaucastel, Chante Cigale, Milliere, Bastide St. Dominque, Charvin and Clos du Pape. 

But lately I found the wines to be fruitier and less of that terroir driven earthy, spicy character that I found to be a perfect match for so many delicious meals.   I restarted my search for Rhones about 3 years ago and came across delicious wines that reminded me of the old school style of Rhones….. Gres St. Vincent Cotes du Rhone, Domaine Lanfond Roc Epine Cotes du Rhone, Clos du Pape Chateauneuf (of course their style never really changed) and Vieux Donjon.   

We just received the 2015 Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape and I have to say this is a stunning Chateauneuf.   Built on old vine Grenache (33% of the vines are over 100 years old) with Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault, this is a surprisingly elegant Chateauneuf. …  It is not “light”, just wonderfully balanced.  This is so drinkable now but will age beautifully.  This 2015 vintage, with its flavors of pepper, spice and dark fruit, has renewed my love of Rhone wines.

Find the Vieux Donjon at all three of our locations, McLean, Vienna and Great Falls.

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