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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 106 
ProducerDomaine du Vieux Télégraphe (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
VineyardLa Crau
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
UPC Code(s)3374830011053, 3374830011077, 761503633217, 761503633293

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2028 (based on 131 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 92.6 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 373 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by wondersofwine on 6/28/2015 & rated 92 points: No written notes on this occasion. I will open another bottle in August and may take notes then. (1567 views)
 Tasted by tewino on 6/11/2015 & rated 90 points: Much better than the last bottle (hot, roasted). This one is fruit dominated as in ripe, sweet fruit, however the acidity and tannins are in balance so it drinks well so far. Only just opened. I don't want to look at the % alcohol but my guess is 14.5 - 15% ish (2554 views)
 Tasted by tewino on 6/9/2015 & rated 83 points: Porty. Roasted. Hot (2879 views)
 Tasted by Hollowine on 6/7/2015: Nice bottle (375ml). Found it took about 90 min of air to hit its stride. (2718 views)
 Tasted by Ombibulous on 6/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Poured through aerator into decanter. Then swirled and let to breathe for a while. Then from decanter again through aerator into glass. This was not sufficient. This wine requires traditional breathing of letting it sit for quite a while. Once I had been drinking it for a couple hours, it really came into its own and was one of the most elegant wines I've ever had. (3152 views)
 Tasted by ledwards on 5/31/2015 & rated 87 points: Perhaps a slightly off bottle. Pleasant and rich nose. Musty plum with some heat and brett. (2689 views)
 Tasted by Ombibulous on 5/30/2015: I don't often drink wine from the-Pope's-New-Crib appellation. ;) So this is a treat for me, especially this vintage. From the celebrated plateau called La Crau, which gives the wine its characteristic minerality, as though it had been filtered over the huge, round stones (galets roulés) left over from the melting of the Alpine glaciers when the Rhône Valley was formed. Average age of vines is 60 years. Rated 95+ by The Rhone Report. (2414 views)
 Tasted by DSimmons on 5/17/2015: My second of these and although very approachable and delicious, IMHO this wine will reward patience. I think 2017 would be a good target date for the next bottle. (3255 views)
 Tasted by andrewdodd86 on 4/24/2015: Old note, from 375 ml. Aromatically beautiful upon release. On the nose exotic spice and oak notes. Beautiful mid palate, high glycerin. Smooth tannin with nice dark red fruit. Little earth and stone. Bit of heat of the finish, then smooths out. Well rounded, great fruit, what I love about good Rhone CdP. (3820 views)
 Tasted by winelegends.net on 4/19/2015 & rated 92 points: 92+
Hat klar Potential für einiges mehr.Aber mit viel Luft wird er momentan schon noch alkoholisch und süsslich pflaumig,rosinig....
Dunkles Rubinrot
Anfangs klare Holznote(Späne) die aber schnell verschwindet.
Schwarzkirschig,Cassis,Rosmarin,pfeffrig,leicht pflaumig,Lakritze.
Voller Körper,prägend,gute Säure,dicht,konzentriert,viel Substanz,aetherisch.
Langer dunkelfruchtiger Abgang.
Mit mehr Luft(4Std. und auch 2.Tag)immer alkoholischer ,ungestümer,süssliche Pflaumen,Rosinig,Schwarzkirschig,sehr prägend,verliert zunehmend die Balance.
Wenn man ihn im richtigen Moment erwischt,erkennt man klar sein grosses Potential und macht dann auch Spass,aber insgesamt einfach noch viel zu jung und eventuell auch jahresbedingt auch zu "hot". (3615 views)
 Tasted by SMagowan on 3/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Drank as part of a tasting featuring the 2005, 2007 and 2009 plus flights of other diverse wines from Booker, Valdicava, Chateau St. Jean and an assortment of Chardonnay from California and France (will write a longer note on that later).

This was great, but not quite as great as the 2005 yet. I thought it needed about 2 - 3 years to get to its best level, but it has been wonderful in the days since the tasting. This will continue to improve. (4413 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 3/8/2015 & rated 94 points: These have been laying tucked away in our cellar for the last five years. Today we decided to pry open the wooden top off the case box to give one of these a try. Decanted 2 plus hours. Wow, a big powerful wine with layers of flavors and a bold lengthy finish. Still youthful, the fruit is vibrant with a dark cherry on the attack with cassis, raisins and dried prunes. The mid-palate is what really makes this wine sing, with juniper, rosemary, black pepper and licorice flavors that carry with the fruit essance into a lengthy light tannic finish. Still think this wine is on the assent. Drank over the next ten years. (4815 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 2/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Very good just didn't "send me" (5081 views)
 Tasted by mmcdds on 2/1/2015 & rated 93 points: Really nice. Deep, rich and open for business with just a couple of hours of air. (4645 views)
 Tasted by stevenjstein on 1/9/2015 & rated 92 points: Didn't get a chance to write detailed notes at the time, but remember it drank well. Probably has plenty of time ahead of it and would benefit from decanting at this point. (5275 views)
 Tasted by Uncle John on 12/29/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted for 4 hours before serving with roast turkey. Beautiful med-dark fruit with such balance and fine sweet tannins. The mid palate of this wine is very tight and closed. I will let this rest for another2-3 years. This was probably better right out of the bottle at this point and better with darker meat like lamb. (5002 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 12/23/2014 & rated 91 points: A Tour Through France Tuesday at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): Very dark red color. PNP, drank 1 glass over an hour. tight, garrigue. black cherry, plum, fig, herbal. The palate big black fruits, garrigue, some red fruit, anise, some heat, oak, young, firm grippy tannins that bite back, big and ripe. This bottle seems more shut down compared to a bottle from a couple years ago. I'd give this another 3 years before letting it resurface. 90-91pts(+). (4214 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 12/23/2014 & rated 91 points: David's btl. PnP. I think this shows much more if had been decanted for a few hours. Tonight, it also suffered in a lineup of ready to drink heavy hitters. Standalone, with a good 3 hour decanting I likely would be singing exaltations. Still, its VT and I love it even if it needs more air and age. Always willing to drink these and it did open up more in the glass. Showed terrific balance but primary for most of the night till the very last sips which seemed more revealing. (4591 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 12/16/2014 & rated 92 points: Very pleasant CdP. Not sure it has anywhere to "go" form here but in a pretty nice spot right now. (3991 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 12/10/2014: Half bottle. Deep ruby color. Lots of thyme on the nose. Exceedingly complex-dark red and blue fruit, spice, and bitter chocolate. Really not that much larger scaled than typical VT, which makes me think this must have been picked on the early side to avoid the high sugars of the year. Whereas last time I tasted this almost 3 years ago I was bothered by the alcohol, this avoided that problem until it really warmed to room temperature in the glass and then showed a trace of heat. I've never been a big fan of 2007 but found this to be remarkably fresh and interesting. (4584 views)
 Tasted by crazedmountainbiker on 11/27/2014 & rated 94 points: pure spice, ultra clean (4167 views)
 Tasted by cbuhlman on 11/26/2014 & rated 93 points: richly concentrated, muscular and heavy on the palate- but somehow pulls it off. This is what CSJ and Mordoree attempt with little success IMO. Meaty, garrigue and boasting lots of cherry fruit with spiciness and earth. (4240 views)
 Tasted by Genghis88 on 11/22/2014 & rated 89 points: @ Homer with the 'pies'

Dark ruby, full bodied
NOSE: Dusty, wet paper bag, meaty, mossy, some hints of leather and 'tabac'

PALATE: Dark fruit, chalk-clay, dry, cassis, leather, smooth, balanced, rhubarb tartness

This is a flavorful, big, chewy wine. Easy drinking, with the potential to get marginally better with a few years of age on it. (3345 views)
 Tasted by brouigu1 on 10/18/2014 & rated 93 points: A beautiful showing for the 2007 Télégraphe but I think more is coming.

Light purple with decent clarity in the glass. A warm nose of strawberry, dark fruits and spice lifts from the glass after a good swirl.

Well integrated and balanced. Still a strong tannin backbone but it holds the fruits and alcohol together very well. Medium body and nice mouth feel.

The dark fruits, red fruits and asian spices meld together very nicely but with a subdued approach on the plate.

I stopped at 93 points because this wine has more to offer with additional cellar time. I think the fruits have yet to be in full bloom and I for one will look forward to tasting this again next year! (5012 views)
 Tasted by kodreaming on 10/18/2014 & rated 90 points: Not as good as I remembered from 3 years ago. Pretty concentrated sweet fruit, but tasted somewhat flat and not very expressive. Pleasant wine, but I honestly do prefer CdP when they are young. (5345 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, A focus on Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Issue #5 (8/31/2010)
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Login and sign up and see review text.   95+ points
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Back to France, Issue #3 (2/1/2010)
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Login and sign up and see review text.   95+ points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (12/10/2008)
(Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/19/2011)
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Very dark red violet color; deep black fruit, black raspberry, tar nose; tasty, rich, ripe black fruit, blackberry, tar, licorice, garrigue palate; medium-plus finish 94+ points  94 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/30/2009)
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Dark red violet color; nice licorice, anise, black fruit, berry nose; tasty, black fruit, licorice, anise, mineral, berry palate, tight of course, needs at least 5 years; medium-plus finish  94 points
By Jon Rimmerman
Garagiste (10/24/2009)
(VIEUX TELEGRAPHE CdP La Crau rouge) 2007 Vieux Telegraphe

Dear Friends,

Staying with the "I'm not waiting around" theme, I was up early this morning (5:00am) in an effort to secure the last of the top-end 2007s from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Next week is going to be crazy for Rhone wines and this is a situation where being proactive is the right formula (instead of reactive after the scores come out). I found a number of good examples today but this is a star in the making.

This is the last of the first tranche pricing I could find on this wine and I secured every bottle available. If you are looking for a wine with decades of ageing potential, the 2007 Vieux Telegraphe is a deceptive monster of a beverage that may prove to be among the longest lived of the vintage. While one usually looks for femininity from this winery (and heavenly aged aromatics after a decade or so), the 2007 is built more in the style of a brawny 1978 or 2005 but appears almost easy to drink at this stage. Don't be fooled - this is not a wine of finesse and grace. Today, there are so many buried layers of rock, dirt, red fruit and floral/garrigue tones that it takes careful study to watch them emerge. This bulldozer of a wine is built for long-term demolition and you will be rewarded for patience. Don't even consider opening a bottle of this until 2015 and more likely 2020. Think of this as an investment in Bordeaux with similar potential for escalation in value over the next 20 years. One thing is for sure, the price is not going to go down and only a small amount was released at this price - who knows what it will be post-WA bottle score?

The 2007 Vieux Telegraphe may be atypical for this winery but, to their credit, they didn't try to strip the wine of its natural state by "creating" a more graceful expression when there was none. I'm not sure why this is even an issue - 1947 Cheval Blanc is certainly not typical of that winery either?

VERY HIGHLY RECOMEDED as a thrill-a-minute wine for those seeking superlative depth, tannin, structure and longevity (not the typical giggly fun house of the 2007 vintage). The 1989 Lafleur of the 2007s?

ONE SMALL SHIPMENT ONLY at this price with impeccable provenance:

2007 Domaine du Vieux TÄlÄgraphe Chëteauneuf-du-Pape "La Crau"
(this is not the Telegram or Blanc - this is the flagship "La Crau" bottling)

Thank you,

Jon Rimmerman
Seattle, WA
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/15/2009)
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; deep berry, garrigue, graphite nose; tight but tasty tart berry, black fruit, garrigue and mineral palate with balance; medium-plus finish 94+ pts.  94 points
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of The Rhone Report and Vinous and JancisRobinson.com and RJonWine.com and Garagiste. (manage subscription channels)

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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

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


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

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 Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

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"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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