TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP

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#1 Post by Br@d S w @ l l o w » January 15th, 2017, 5:58 pm

My second of three bottles, this confirms for me that one of my favorite traditional CDP producers has changed course. This wine is big, ripe and bold, with a touch of alcohol showing through. I would not say that the fruit notes are stewed, but they certainly are ripe. This seems more modern in style than any Donjon I have drunk other than the 2003, which I have hated each of the several times I have tried it. To be fair, I do not hate the 2005 version of this wine; rather, I think it is an acceptable drink. It just isn't made in the more nuanced, restrained, traditional Donjon style that I used to appreciate.
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#2 Post by Chris Seiber » January 15th, 2017, 6:01 pm

Being a traditional styled wine, shouldn't it reflect the vintages? If you want a leaner, more rustic, more acidic VD, there are lots of other vintages for you.

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#3 Post by Br@d S w @ l l o w » January 15th, 2017, 6:22 pm

Chris Seiber wrote:Being a traditional styled wine, shouldn't it reflect the vintages? If you want a leaner, more rustic, more acidic VD, there are lots of other vintages for you.
Maybe I would enjoy '04 or '06 Donjon more than the '05. But this producer's wines seem to be evolving toward a larger, riper style (are you sure you can call it "traditional" anymore?). Given that I don't commit much of my wine buying budget to CDP these days, I will focus on other producers that seem still to embrace the more traditional style, like Vieux Telegraph.
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#4 Post by Arv R » January 15th, 2017, 6:43 pm

I hated the 2003 as well.
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#5 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 15th, 2017, 6:45 pm

Donjon is no longer traditional. Cambie has put his stamp on it.
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#6 Post by Br@d S w @ l l o w » January 15th, 2017, 6:48 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:Donjon is no longer traditional. Cambie has put his stamp on it.
Precisely.
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#7 Post by Jonathan Loesberg » January 16th, 2017, 12:46 am

Although Cambie arrived in 00, the date for the changeover for me was the 03. At first, I put that off to the vintage, but 04 and 05 confirmed it. I haven't had any since 06. It hasn't been a traditional domaine for a while now.

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