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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 211 
TypeRed
ProducerDomaine du Vieux Télégraphe (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
Designationn/a
VineyardLa Crau
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
AppellationChâteauneuf-du-Pape
UPC Code(s)041226065008, 3374830011053, 3374830011077, 761503633217, 761503633293

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2028 (based on 140 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 422 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Francophile1 on 1/29/2016 & rated 93 points: Pop and poured, but softened after 1 hour in the decanter. A wonderful bouquet in the glass... Not nearly as stewed or extracted as I was expecting from the 2007 vintage. It gives me faith that some of the '07 CDPs actually have some balance and finesse. It is still a big wine, but not like many other '07 CDPs that I struggle to drink due to their over the top extraction. (1404 views)
 Tasted by mpricher on 1/9/2016 & rated 93 points: A Beauty.. coming together as a very well balanced ChnP, with character and nuance. Color is ruby, with a hint of browning at the edge. Opened up with lovely red berries, mulled with spice and hint of sandlewood. Couldn't put this one down.. had all the character I could've hoped. Was delicious on it's own and with food. Would love to find more of this vintage. (2586 views)
 Tasted by Senso-beak on 1/9/2016 & rated 95 points: Coming off a cold for the past 2 weeks, I'm ready for a drink. From a .375 stored perfectly in the cellar, this has deep aromas of figs, braised berry, plums, prunes, savories, leather, tobacco. Gravel, dust, rocks and stone. Fruit has melded into the core, with a heavy body showing smooth depth and robust full mouthfeel and glyceric content. A porty wine, that is reserved yet big at the same time. Quite interesting and enjoyable. (2698 views)
 Tasted by Zazzaman on 12/30/2015 & rated 90 points: Herby, damson fruit nose, with long elegant palate, tannins smooth with layers of other flavours revealing themselves. Very enjoyable. WoFW 16.5/20 (2673 views)
 Tasted by JVSMagic on 12/20/2015: Huge spicy candied Apple bomgb.. (3541 views)
 Tasted by cephomer on 12/8/2015 & rated 90 points: WWS Price/Preference Smackdown (blind tasting) (White Plains, NY): Drank blind at WWS tasting vs a far less expensive French Grenache. This wine is a pretty violet color, fairly muted nose of red fruit. Lots of fruit on the palate along with pepper & a little spice, and a bit on the hot side. This is a modern style, fruit-forward CdP that is a bit on the young side in my opinion. I liked it/didn't love it, but I'm confident/hopeful it will improve with bottle age. (4222 views)
 Tasted by ClaytonDave on 12/3/2015 & rated 94 points: Fruit explosion. Almost a syrup quality but in a good way. Loads of fruit, licorice on the palate. Goes on and on. (3511 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 12/3/2015 & rated 90 points: Fruity, a lot of cherry, others good fruit basket, still young, a bit of spice, a very good CNDP. Glad to have a few to watch. Will stay away till next spring. (3750 views)
 Tasted by RDHudak on 11/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Abundant red fruit, earth and herbs on the nose. Similar on the palate, but very, very smooth and balanced, with medium acidity and tannin, despite the reputation of being a jammy vintage. Medium+ finish that begged for another sip. This was the only '07 in our tasting of GSM and was in the company of Beaucastel from other vintages, but this was chosen as WOTN. All were good, but the seamless nature of this now was intriguing and dangerously easy to drink. (3167 views)
 Tasted by SWHighlander on 11/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Red with some tawny in color. Muted nose, especially the fruit. Needs to open 5-15 minutes. Balanced, complex, great wine. Personally I miss the fruitiness of its youth and prefer it a few years younger than this current one. Drink now if you have some! (3367 views)
 Tasted by Mark H. LeQuire on 11/24/2015 & rated 95 points: No flaws. No sediment. Light ruby/garnet color. Mild rim variation. Beautiful nose. Very old world and earthy. Burgundian. Dark florals and fruits. Low tannin/acid. very smooth. Medium alcohol. Medium finish. Definitely ready to drink. Will easily make its drinking window. Paired perfectly with seared chicken and roasted sweet potato rounds in a chestnut and brussell sprout pan sauce. (3343 views)
 Tasted by WineKnurd on 11/21/2015 & rated 87 points: Nov 21st 2015 "Getting the Band back Together" Tasting at Adam's (Phredd's Casa): 4th wine of the night courtesy of RHudak. Full disclosure that I have not been a fan of CdP since the late 90's vintages, as I find the recent alcohol increase overwhelming for my tastes. That being said, I did enjoy the 2007 Vieux Telegraphe, and while definitely not as balanced as I prefer, there was enough tannic structure to keep me interested despite the 14.5% abv. It was fruity but not overly jammy, primarily blackberries with some cranberries mixed in; a tad grapey too, with a hefty dose of anise and licorice in the mix as well. Full bodied and thick, the 14.5% adds noticeable heat and astringency on the back end, but the length upfront lasts for an impressive amount of time. Again this isn't my style, but one of the better examples I have come across recently. Overall evaluation: B+. Agree with RHudak that this was WOTN.

Pulled in RHudak's comment that he posted on the 28th so that it would be captured in this tasting story:

11/28/2015 - RDHUDAK WROTE: 94 Points
Abundant red fruit, earth and herbs on the nose. Similar on the palate, but very, very smooth and balanced, with medium acidity and tannin, despite the reputation of being a jammy vintage. Medium+ finish that begged for another sip. This was the only '07 in our tasting of GSM and was in the company of Beaucastel from other vintages, but this was chosen as WOTN. All were good, but the seamless nature of this now was intriguing and dangerously easy to drink. (2274 views)
 Tasted by Rechrom on 11/20/2015 & rated 94 points: Excellent. In balance, deep fruit, nice nose, clean finish. Shows everything expected from this great property, and does not show any of the bad bits of 07. Not my favorite vintage of this wine, as has not (yet?) gotten to a point of panache on the nose and palate, but drinking very well right now with many years left. (3045 views)
 Tasted by Two Winos on 11/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Really nice. Decant required. Still needs some time to reach its potential. (3099 views)
 Tasted by ifishtoo on 11/5/2015 & rated 96 points: We can't stay away. Just great! (3721 views)
 Tasted by LW31 on 11/3/2015 & rated 91 points: Really good and ready to guzzle. From magnum. Earthy spice, lush fruits, heady. Just a touch on the ripe side. Would drink over next 4-5 years and enjoy lushness. (3676 views)
 Tasted by David J Cooper on 10/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Medium dark red. Beautiful nose, smoked meat, raspberry and green herbs (thyme). Delicious earthy red fruit flavours and a nice dry slightly tannic finish.

Surprisingly balanced and showing none of the ripeness I fear from this vintage. (4090 views)
 Tasted by rpk99 on 10/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Has room to improve but a stellar showing tonight (3909 views)
 Tasted by cpsmith33 on 10/2/2015 & rated 92 points: Definitely fruit forward and the heat of the vintage is there.
Needs a few more years to bring out more complexity and secondary flavors. Missing that traditional CdP that I love, but a very nice bottle of wine. (4406 views)
 Tasted by wombat on 9/7/2015 & rated 93 points: Bouquet: Intensely aromatic--herbal, dried plums, anise, raisin, juniper-like note.
Palate: Smooth and will get smoother with age.
Flavor: Red and black licorice, prune, herb, finishes with a bitter note with firm, though fine tannins.
Comment: This has just entered its drinking window but has a long future. Drank this over a 3 day period, so that it really opened up and the aroma and prune character gained power. It also become more complex, though I find it hard to describe the nuances that came out by day 3. My Brother In-Law said it had some varnish on the nose, which isn't far off. (5270 views)
 Tasted by SMHalps on 8/30/2015 & rated 92 points: Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1998 vs. 2007 dinner. Wish I had tasting notes, but we had 6 wines before and during dinner. But I do remember this wine tasting very syrupy compared to the others. (5249 views)
 Tasted by ledwards on 8/25/2015 & rated 94 points: This wine has really come around and is in a beautiful place. Highly recommended.. (5082 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 8/18/2015 & rated 93 points: Tuesday Night Double Blind $60+ (Bin 75): Good clarity, dark maroon core with lighter rim; raspberry, high toned and ripe, classic feel to it, sweet and tart berry fruit, bitter in the background, smoky, some Grand Marnier; strong Grenache, sweet fruit, great snap to the wine like Burgundy, tension, structure, focus, ripe but very well built; nailed it; was one of my favorites when the '07s were released, this seems to have shed a lot of its armor unveiling a beautiful and refined CdP underneath, less fat than the Mon Aieul but this should cruise if well stored. (5116 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 8/16/2015: tasting blackberries and boysenberries, with a whiff of black pepper, and very subtle hints of fudge, overall very pure clean and minerally while being nicely ripe. Very good (4699 views)
 Tasted by wondersofwine on 8/15/2015 & rated 93 points: Still hovering around 92 or 93 in my estimation. I took this to MO'COOL picnic in Michigan. Pale mahogany color; semi-opaque. Rich berries and cherries highlight a mellow wine with some viscosity. Does not strike me as overripe from a very ripe vintage. This was my favorite of about ten CdP in a horizontal tasting in 2010. I will try to wait two more years before opening my fourth bottle of six. It may develop some meaty notes with more time. (3826 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
Garagiste
Seattle, WA
Rhone7793
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

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

The southern Rhône is famous for the number of different grape varieties officially allowed there, up to 18 in its most famous appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but Grenache has always been by far the most planted, making usually up a good 80% of the blend in a typical vintage.

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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