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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 75 
TypeRed
ProducerDomaine du Vieux Télégraphe (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
Designationn/a
VineyardLa Crau
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
AppellationChâteauneuf-du-Pape
UPC Code(s)761503633217, 761503633286

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2023 (based on 66 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape (La Crau) on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 251 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by stevenjstein on 5/25/2015 & rated 93 points: Good fruit, some earth, nice balance and structure. (293 views)
 Tasted by drrobvino on 5/1/2015 & rated 93 points: Brought to Pago in SLC...by the way, they have an INSANE geeky wine list, amazing. Nice job to their somm, Evan L.
Bought a glass of Anderson Valley Calif sparkling "natural" wine with my clams. Then opened and decanted this VT.
So very delicious. Great spice/garrigue, lovely tannins, beautiful red>black fruits, finish that lasts 45 secs.
Drinking beautifully now, and will continue to do so through 2022+. (1340 views)
 Tasted by Burgaddict on 4/19/2015 & rated 89 points: Full-bodied wine, maturing. Fruit (red fruit, strawberry), some oak an leather. Has improved considerably since the last time I had this a couple of years ago. However, still rather strong tannins, would advise to have this with food. (1663 views)
 Tasted by kgh on 4/13/2015 & rated 94 points: Compared to my last note, this has really improved with age. It is rich, full-bodied, and very smooth. There are flavors of strawberry, currant, vanilla, and leather, with very nice overall balance. It is drinking very well at present. (2005 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/5/2015: Didn't take any notes, and while I recall it was quite nice, well balanced and had very good restrained red fruit, I just didn't pay enough attention to it. Wish I had. (2113 views)
 Tasted by Redteeth on 3/9/2015: This bottle was decanted and consumed at a slow pace. It was very enjoyable and one of the best CdP experiences I have had for a while. I can't predict how much longer this wine will hold but it was very nice now with proper decanting. (2513 views)
 Tasted by mat600 on 2/15/2015 & rated 89 points: Nez sur la mûre, la réglisse, la prune noire.En bouche, il faut le boire rafraîchi pour éviter la pointe d'alcool en finale. Ce châteauneuf-du-pape possède une bouche sphérique mais manque un tantinet de longueur pour la renommé de ce terroir. 89 sur 100 et déception à ce stade. Peut encore vieillir 10 ans. (2596 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/3/2015 & rated 91 points: Garnet red with a transparent rim. Elegant bouquet with pleasant garrigue. On the palate very juicy fruits and elegance as well. Beautiful herbs and spices, some sweet licorice and chocolate as well as a pleasant touch of oak. The wine has a beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness, good freshness and tannin with still a friendly bite. Overall a beautiful and harmonious wine entering its maturity stage. No problem cellaring this for another 3+ years. (2737 views)
 Tasted by JazzQueen on 2/2/2015: Very approachable at this stage. Tannic at the start, but two hours in a decanter while I made dinner made this perfectly balanced and lovely. Black fig and dates, dried currants, and a lamb-like gamey finish dusted with spice. Glad I have a few of these left. (2541 views)
 Tasted by ctjared on 1/28/2015: not terribly complex, but easy drinking. (2583 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 11/21/2014 & rated 91 points: Concentrated, tannic and structured, this classic styled wine has a core of fresh, peppery, red berries, earth and herbs. A few more years should help the wine develop more nuances. (3766 views)
 Tasted by Ali on 11/16/2014 & rated 88 points: Lots of dark fruit & licorice here. A bit warm on the finish (2900 views)
 Tasted by ClaytonDave on 11/7/2014 & rated 93 points: It's a classic CDP. Drinking well but even better after an hour decant. Sweet Cherry on the nose and plum and licorice on the palate. This can be druNk now or aged a few more years. (2699 views)
 Tasted by djreme on 11/7/2014 & rated 92 points: Although the 2006 was not as heralded as other vintages, this one did not disappoint. Wonderful fruity aroma led to a very nicely balanced wine. (2813 views)
 Tasted by Blue Shorts on 10/31/2014 & rated 92 points: This has improved with time. Popped and poured. Very syrah-like nose of dark fruits, pencil, cedar, chocolate. Taste was full-bodied with dark fruits, a touch of earth and fine tannins. Good acid level so I expect it would go well with food. Moderately long finish. (2751 views)
 Tasted by Askcolonmd on 10/24/2014 & rated 90 points: Drank it with my wine club(CD). Won southern rhone red night. Perfectly aged. Balanced acid level, very good nose. Took it with lightly marinated ribs and over 2 hrs, opened up nicely. (2035 views)
 Tasted by robrats on 10/23/2014 & rated 90 points: For some reason this wine didn't hit the button for me. Maybe it was the jet lag (flew back from Sweden today) or maybe it was the food (Chili). But it tasted OK but not great. (2004 views)
 Tasted by Wineguy76 on 9/8/2014 & rated 91 points: Deep ruby core fading to light purple on the rims. Lovely nose of strawberries, cassis, chocolate. There is also an enticing, albeit subtle minerality in the bouquet. On the palate this full bodied CdP reveals a thick, finely balanced texture. It is abundantly tannic, loaded with lush flavors of dark berries, sweet licorice and offers an impressive 45 second finish. Another great vintage for Vieux Telegraphe. This is peaking now but should continue to evolve nicely over the next decade. (3080 views)
 Tasted by robinmurray97 on 7/24/2014 & rated 91 points: drinking well (3567 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 7/14/2014 & rated 93 points: Really very nice. At a perfect point this evening. Harmonious and complete from start to finish. Just enough garrique to make it interesting. Surprised on the upside. (93) (3651 views)
 Tasted by Surfdoc on 7/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Nose of plum, cedar and moderate alcohol. Flavors of plum, wet stone, fig and baking spice. Medium body and tannins. Some alcohol heat that diminishes with time. Lingering finish of 2+ minutes that coats the palate with plum skin and herbal secondary flavors. (3577 views)
 Tasted by Li on 4/25/2014: Rød og mørk frukt på duft med litt varmt syltetøy preg. Urter, fjøs og rått kjøtt. Smaken følger opp med fin syre og markante tanniner i finish. Merkbar alkohol og integrert eik. Ok vin som ikke er i mål enda. (4567 views)
 Tasted by zbsussman on 1/25/2014: Needs time. Pretty good CdP, if a bit too much magic marker alcoholic heat pokes through. That might change with age; this is still quite primary, just starting to fleshed out but expect some tannic grip if you intend to drink soon. Decanting was a good idea. (5240 views)
 Tasted by eschaefer on 1/3/2014 & rated 89 points: Medium body with a silky texture. Darker garnet colour yet it was not opaque. Herbal and more forest than flowers. Dried cherry and plum fruit. Bouquet was very prominent but finish was abbreviated. I liked the wine but it didn't leave me wanting more. (4698 views)
 Tasted by Noeyedeer on 1/2/2014 & rated 89 points: Hmmm! Not as good as I'd expected, or hoped.
Initially the alcohol and fruits are well balanced, but the finish was a bit too tannic for a quality CdP. Pleasant enough to drink, but maybe 2006 just isn't in the same league as previous bottlings. I have 5 bottles remaining and will see how they develop in future, (assuming I don't 'decapitate' them early). (4467 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/16/2010)
(Dom du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Hemming
JancisRobinson.com (9/22/2010)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Current releases from the South of France, Issue #1 (1/4/2009)
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Login and sign up and see review text.   93 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/8/2008)
(Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/30/2008)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2008, IWC Issue #136
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/9/2010)
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #5 (my #5) – 77 pts.; 1, 1, 1, 1 - medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; youthful, nice tart red fruit, red berry, raspberry, white chocolate nose; youthful, raspberry, tart cherry, red berry, oak palate, very tight; medium-plus finish  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/30/2009)
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Dark red violet color; berry, herbal, chocolate nose; tight, berry, chocolate, plum palate, that gets sharp tasting on the finish; medium finish 91+ pts.  91 points
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Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

Producer website - Read more about Domaine du Vieux Telegraph

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.


A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.

La Crau

On weinlagen-info

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

RP APPRAISAL OF SOUTHERN RHONE VINTAGES:
WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.


### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

Another site on this appellation
Vineyards on weinlagen-info

"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )

 
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