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LE VIEUX DONJON

LVT 2018 r 2018 wh What joy! Just one wine, no special nonsense Cuvées. This has for many years been a slow developing wine, authentic, a very good address. Daughter Claire's first vintage was 2008 - she does the vinifications. She was joined in June 2012 by her younger brother François, who works on the vineyard, and helps in the cellar. Their policy is to harvest earlier than the parents, seeking freshness and finesse. I detected a smoothing out and polishing up, with a loss of impact, in the 2013 red. The ****(*) 2015 and ***** 2016 reds were both STGT wines, the former full of garrigue with character, the latter a vivid, licensed to thrill affair. The white is half Roussanne, half Clairette blanche, both planted in 1990 on the galet stone soils of Cabrières near Mont-Redon. It is steel vat fermented and raised for only three months, the malo blocked. The 2016 was a stylish **** wine that will develop gradually; however, I feel the white could be more adventurous in concept and execution.

Claire, daughter of Lucien & Marie-Josée Michel, her brother François, 9 avenue Saint-Joseph BP66 84232 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cedex

Tel: +33(0)490 83 70 03

vieux-donjon@wanadoo.fr

British Importers: Yapp Brothers, Mere, Wiltshire, +44(0)1747 860423 www.yapp.co.uk

USA Importers: Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset NY 11791 +1516 677 9300 www.skurnikwines.com info@skurnikwines.com