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Le Vieux Donjon
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005

95 points / $49
4,250 cases made
France

This estate is run by Lucien Michel, his wife, Marie-José, and daughter Claire. Keeping to tradition, they make only one cuvée of red Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 2005 comprises 75 percent Grenache (from vines averaging 90 years of age), 15 percent Syrah and 10 percent Mourvèdre and Cinsault. The Michels chose to retain 50 percent of the stems during fermentation to build the wine's structure. The wine is matured in foudres at least two years old.

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