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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is drinking really well. In fact, best Telegraph I have ever had yet. This 07 is drinking better than 98 and 01! Generous with restrain at the same time without any overripeness. Should have a long life ahead.
- Ruby color. It's in total harmony with a medium/full body. Round texture with a long finish - Very Nice right now! great balance,better than most other 2007 CdPs I've had.The striking thing is that the flavor profile is so good, and the acids are perfect- they are so perfectly in harmony, tthey just poke up above just so slightly to add a highlight to each sip. The minerality gives a base, the experience is that the winemaker really knows what he is doing.
Sehr komplexer Wein der sowohl in der Nase als auch am Gaumen eine Vielzahl an Aromen wie mediterane Kräuter, süssliche reife Pflaumen und feine Würze bringt. Ein perfekt ausgewogener Wein der noch sehr jugendlich ist. Unbedingt dekantieren.
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
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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(+).
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.
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.
A stunningly beautiful Télégraphe. This 2007 delivers a vivid array of dark mature fruit, raspberry, boysenberry and sun warm strawberry. the fruit is adjoined by subtle tones of maturity with the classical Asian spice box, sweet licorice and herbal infusion as the main ingredients. There is also a whiff of cinnamon in the end palate which adds that little "dot over the i". The palate is seamless, silky and totally integrated. Balance is the keyword here, and I am quite amazed by the power and elegance this wine exhibits. Tannins speak up a bit, but they are still not overly vocal and they just tell me the wine will continue to develop given it is allowed to rest. The overall impression is very positive. This is a true masterpiece with a lot of fruit and a stunning elegance. Bravo!
I am a fan of Telegraphe and have been since the early 1990's and I really like this wine but it is a puppy. Out of a 375ml, decanted for 5 hrs. You can drink it now with its big fruit and big but integrated tannins and you'll enjoy it--I'd suggest some hearty food with it. I think it will be much better in a few years, even the 20's...or it's 20's. More approachable than the '05 from what I remember last having it in the spring. Will get better with cellaring.
Incredible wine... Great nose. Dark fruits, cherries, granate, pepper. Black plums. Ripe ones. Very elegant. Can't stress how much... Elegant I said? Wait until you drink it... Perfect balance of fruit concentration, acidity complexity. Very long finish . There are wines that are good. Very good at times.... But the great ones remain in our minds forever. This is one
14.5% abv. This is the first one opened from a box of six that I bid on at a charity auction at the Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend a few years ago. The box was temporarily "lost" and then relocated. I will probably open another bottle in two or three years and then space the remaining bottles out a year or two apart. Some viscosity. The nose suggests dark ripe fruits and Provencal herbs. On the palate I found blackberry and raspberry in a full-bodied wine with a lengthy finish. I don't find it appallingly overripe (as some do) but it likely was an atypical, riper grapes than usual, vintage for Chateauneuf du Pape. I enjoyed it this summer and suspect I will like it even more in a few years. One evening I had it with broiled strip steak and baked potato and another evening with broiled lamb chops and au gratin potatoes. I am rating it based on my current impression and may give it a higher rating with some more years in the cellar.
Garnet in color. Cherries, candy apple and red fruits on the nose and palate. Maybe a whiff of bacon as well. Light, elegant and moderately complex. Drank from a split. Drank over three hours. Balanced acidity.
Chateauneuf du Pape 2007 (Petroleum Club, Calgary): Med dark red, garnet edge. Oxidative notes dominte. Tomatoe paste. Plum fruit inthe mouth. Very silky. Tasting leader says it is in a bad time and to give it 5+ years. I think it is aging quickly and will soon be crap.
Nez d'herbes aromatiques, de menthe (?) et de kirsch. L'alcool ressort un peu en bouche, la matière le prend bien mais c'est limite au plan de l'équilibre. Longueur acceptable. Déception dans la mesure où le prix est élevé et l'ensemble pas des plus complexe. Un domaine qui ne m'a jamais vraiment impressioné et que je retire dorénavant de ma liste d'achat.
Dark glowing ruby colour Fairly gamey on the nose, leather and tobacco along with some black fruits. Already showing some evolution Full-bodied, med+ acidity, high alcohol and tannins. The latter are of the good kind: velvety and integrated. Good length. Very nice wine, kind of worried about how long this will last as it's been stored in perfect condition ever since I bought the case en primeur so the fast evolution cannot be faulted on storage. I'll try next in a couple of years.
From 350ml: Rich, ripe, generous, mouth-filling, yet structured, with great balance and a long finish. Should hold for some time and, in larger formats, continue improving for a while. Very few CDPs can claim to be better.
Quite boring actually. Not much has happend since release, when I tasted it against 6 other big CNDP. Seems unispiring and lost in all the fruit. No real definition and nose is blurred and confused. On the palate it is juicy and would go nicely with a stew. Will keep my last bottles and see what time does to this.
Lovely nose with loads of red ripe fruit. Powerful and fruity, still with good underlying texture and good tannins. Too early, this needs more time, bur went really fine with lamb filet marinated in garlic and herbs. Will gain with more time.
Encore un peu fermé mais tout est là! Beau nez sur les herbes et les fruit rouge, une touche florale aussi! En bouche, belle amplitude et densité, les tannins sont charnus et la finale longue. Un repos lui fera du bien mais déjà très bon!
Monthly Tasting Group HWS; C9duP 2005 vs 2007: Seeing the scores here, we must have had an off bottle this evening. The bouquet was rusty, reductive and showing celery. On the palate it was better, but also a bit reductive. Spiciness, ripe and soft fruits, ok soft tannin with some bite and a good balance between sweetness and acidity and good bitterness. My score for tonight is quite out of line with the other scores in CT, but I nevertheless enter it for future personal reference.
65% Grenache, %15 Syrah, %15 Mourvèdre ve %5 Cinsault kupajı. İlk 10 ay beton küvlerde, sonraki 12 ay büyük, “foudre” isimli meşe tanklarda dinlendirilmiş.
Parlak yakut renkli şarap aroma zenginliği ile büyülüyor. Böğürtlen ve erik benzeri meyveler ile kiraz likörü etsi, topraksı “savoury” notların hemen gerisinde yer alıyor. Baharat, deri ve meyankökü açıkça kendini gösteriyor. Tam gövdeli, “Clos de Papes” ipeksiliğinin aksine belirgin tanenleri kadifemsi dokuda, güçlü ve konsantre. Damağında topraksı özellikleri, keçiboynuzunu andıran aromalar ve katran izlenimi önde, alkolü belirgin ama rahatsızlık verici değil. Uzun ve etkileyici bir bitime sahip.
65% Grenache, %15 Syrah, %15 Mourvèdre ve %5 Cinsault kupajı. İlk 10 ay beton küvlerde, sonraki 12 ay büyük, “foudre” isimli meşe tanklarda dinlendirilmiş.
Parlak yakut renkli şarap aroma zenginliği ile büyülüyor. Böğürtlen ve erik benzeri meyveler ile kiraz likörü etsi, topraksı “savoury” notların hemen gerisinde yer alıyor. Baharat, deri ve meyankökü açıkça kendini gösteriyor. Tam gövdeli, “Clos de Papes” ipeksiliğinin aksine belirgin tanenleri kadifemsi dokuda, güçlü ve konsantre. Damağında topraksı özellikleri, keçiboynuzunu andıran aromalar ve katran izlenimi önde, alkolü belirgin ama rahatsızlık verici değil. Uzun ve etkileyici bir bitime sahip.
This was in a great place. Yes, it is young, but from a very forward and ripe vintage. It did not show the horsey complexity of older vintages of VT, but this one had tremendous fruit and nice structure. Not overly roasted or candied (thankfully...other 2007s have been...). Nice job by this producer in this vintage! Had this with grilled ribs - good pairing!
Is this the first contemporary styled VT delivered from a great vintage? Not closed at all, approachable and full of fruit. Spice not yet dominant and no metallic edge of old school. Still very young and with 23 in the cellar this could be a great journey.
Way too young yet but showing great aging potential. I'll sit for another 5 years. Lots of raspberry and a bit on the lighter side for a CNP. This will age gracefully and will be outstanding with patience.
Likely appreciated more if you consume French wine regularly. Very unique experience going from a steady consumption of California varietals, especially Napa Cabs. One should decant for hours including sometime in the open air. My next bottle will wait until 2015, as advised in one of the pro reviews on this site.
Followed the Kistler pinot; typical earthy nose, mineral, forest floor & wet earth. Young, and probably a touch closed down, with aggressive tannins and bracing acidity. Finish is very long. Very nice, but needs time.
Drank at Davy's This is still a baby but has the makings of a wonderful wine. All the classic nose and palate of wonderful CNDP. Lot's of raspberry, earth and wood. Still young but the tannins are integrating well.
Bouquet of raspberry, graphite, earth, anise, and sweet oak. The finish has the characteristic CDP "minerality", dark berries, more oak and hints of cherry. With time, the finish will hopefully catch up with the bouquet, making this a really extraordinary wine. Probably needs another three years to really hit peak drinking timeframe, but will try to hold off until 2015 before opening another.
375ml Format. From cellar where it has rested for several years now. Good dark color with some sediment. Decanted and allowed to breath for an hour. Nose is dense with elements of chocolate, cherry, red licorice, and base notes of treacle. Likewise, the palate had a similar profile with the addition of a bit of orange peel at the finish. No hurry, this wine is very young and in need of 10 years to become more approachable. Will be fun to follow this wine and compare it to other CdP for the same vintage. Likely to go up a few points in a decade. Served alongside splayed pheasant, black rice and green beens.
Many quality CdPs show a savory, salty, kelp, iodine, dried smoked meats element on the nose and palate, and this wine certainly does. Indeed, this element struck me as the wine's dominant characteristic. The wine also shows, smoke-dried dark fruits, good minerality, and some barnyard notes. Rich, well-structured, solid finish. This is young, oak is not yet integrated and there are some edges that will almost certainly settle with time. Would like to taste this in 5 - 10 years. All this being said, given the retail price tag, I hoped for a little more. Marginal QPR.
From a 375ml, this started off a bit funky but quickly became quite good. A powerful spicy, fruity, and flowery nose followed by a supple mouthfeel with a medium finish. It felt a bit monolithic with lots of potential. I think it'll improve a bunch. I certainly wouldn't have guessed Rhone if I was tasting it blind
The nose is roasted black fruits, with licorice root and spice elements. The palate is medium + bodied, with roasted fruits, a bit of spice and a bitter note on the tail end. The finish lasts for almost a minute....Dark and brooding on both the nose and the palate, the structure is surprisingly approachable but balanced enough for continued ageing. I opened this on a whim to see how it was progressing...long story short: accessible with air (and/or food) but should go for another 5-7 years + without a problem.
This needs more time. Decanted two hours, consumed over next three. Gooddepth, but a bit tight and somewhat clunky. No overripe notes like some other producers 07s, but seems like it needs a few years to develop some nicer notes.
Matt's B-Day Bash (Santa Ynez Valley): From a magnum, no decant: Nice barnyard funk on the nose. Full-bodied, with notes of pepper. Sweet tannins were very evident. Never rounded out, making me think the wine has shifted to its dumb phase and is shut down for the time being. I would think the score could improve dramatically in the future.
Drank at Merin's 1st birthday party with relatives and friends. This is a beautifully balanced CdP which had outstanding structure and is drinking exceptionally well at this young age. Went perfectly with beef brisket and mashed potatoes.
Decanted 3 hours. A night of CdPs with 2007 Donjon, 2007 Beaucastel, and a 2006 Telegraphe Blanc. This was ranked second out of the three reds.
When I cut off the capsule, I was worried because there appeared to be mold on the top of the cork. After the cork was out, it looked to bee in good shape and the bottle seemed fine.
Once again this wine proved to be amazingly intense wine. Fantastic nose and huge flavours. A blunt instrument when compared to the finesse if the Beaucastel. This may sound like a criticism, but this wine was really enjoyed by all. Paired with drunken garlic prawns and beef tenderloin.
Compared to my previous tasting (a little over a year ago) this was much more approachable and actually quite enjoyable. I will try to hold my other bottles into the next decade.
This one seems to need a bit more time. Didnt measure up to either its press or the '05 Beaucastel it was compared to. Easy to blame youth and stage of development, so it gets the benefit of the doubt. Currently just a bit disjointed and harsh, but there's enough nice fruit, earth and leather. We'll see with the rest in a few years.
Very soft nose, almost non-existent. But on the palate, explosive yet softly feminine flavors of plums, cassis, minerals, stones, bramble and a bit of smoke. The stones and minerals continue throughout in the background. This is an elegant, silky wine. Soft flavors but with a big, chewy mouth feel. Forward tannins, well integrated. The wine is still pretty tightly wound and will certainly benefit from more cellar time. (Doris 89. Was not impressed. Did not feel this was a wine of depth or with anything special.)
Tried it throughout a 24 hour lifespan. Dark purple in color. No change in aromas or palate. Low acid. Low tannic presence. Pretty boring beyond a splattering of heavy dashes. Meaty, bic ink. Dark plum fruit, some mineral.
Was a bit concerned about all the notes referencing how big and fat this is. I found it to be a mineral laden feminine cdp. It is a full rendition for sure, but there is no sense of heaviness. Drinking amazingly already with softened tannins and robust fruit.
No formal notes and just for the record. Beautiful wine with good fruits and garrigue, some chocolate and good acidity and tannin. Hope to taste again at a more relaxed moment. Plenty of future in this wine.
I'm decidedly in the minority here but just not a fan. From 375. Plum, fig on the nose but then that fades to a bit of toasted oak. Palate is smooth with similar notes but there is some heat creeping in - always my deal breaker. Not much experience with CdP so wanted to try to see if it's a region I would start to pick up. Think I'll pass given all the other options I like better.
Limited notes unfortunately. Darker red fruit. Nice plump styling with lots of underbrush as well. Earth, and mineral on the mid palate. From what I remember, it didn't have the pepper or pungency I experienced the last time around. Still really nice, but it didn't have the pure gorgeous finish I was expecting after having a few years to settle in the bottle. Very nice, but a bit underwhelmed.
I rated my last bottle (2 yrs ago) a92. My impression today is entirely different, and were I to score it, it would be in the 80 to 85 range. Perhaps it was an off bottle, or in an awkward stage of development, but I found the wine to be over ripe, over extracted, tasting of prunes and raisons, and lacking in acidity and focus. It reminded me of Amarone. Elected not to score, as my number would clearly be an outlier.
Refined and precise, as opposed to plush and opulent which is not necessarily a bad thing. This strikes me as a wine that shows better by itself rather than with food. Drinks well after some decanting but a bit stiff fom the bottle at first. Excellent stuff.
No detailed notes, consumed at OX in PDX. Absolutely delicious. Powerful and yet still restrained and not quite open, the fruit came across, as well as licorice, garrigue, and menthol. A long, almost oily, finish. Well enjoyed by all present.
Deep cherry red. Nose rich mix of blackcurrant pastilles, blackberry, red currants, lavender and thyme. Palate intense round fruit with long fine tannin spine that gives more structure than lesser CNDPs of this year. How many ways can you say delicious !
A Rhone-Inspired Evening (Dino's - Washington, DC): This is one of those wines that will reward years of patience. Bright cherry fruit and a medley of herb aromas, but the nose is so primary and young, very hesitant. The palate is full of pure fruit and silky tannins. Snappy cherries, wild raspberries, the fruit is very creamy. It's very tasty, but I think time will do wonders in the way of bringing out secondary flavors and more complexity.
Monthly Tasting Group: Loads of CDP's and more (Meritage, St. Paul): Very dark red color. The nose is gorgeous with lush black fruits, licorice, spice, herbs, meaty, earth evolving. The palate is consistent with black fruits on the full bodied palate, licorice, fig, meaty, pepper, nicely balanced and well integrated tannins for the age. This was one of my favorites of the night. This is going to be even better. 94+pts.
Elegant nose of melted fig and meat juices with a little smoke/gravel in there. Round and balanced in the mouth with very dark fruits but it ends with nice freshness. A great wine that should be really fun to follow.
Highly and beautifully perfumed nose of fresh berries and flowers. Great, full bodied wine with a long finish and well balanced. I was expecting a much heavier wine but this is like some squeezed a lemon in the wine just before putting it in the bottle. It's that hint of freshness which makes the wine beautiful. Just a little burning alcohol and therefore 93 ponts.
I was disappointed. Decanted 4 hours but was still extremely tight and had a nasty bite on the end. Opened just slightly over dinner but not enough to really get a handle on where it was going. My wife not a fan either.
Wine was decanted for a few hours and brought by a friend. Very elegant for an '07 CDP. Nice is still a little tight but nice flavor profile (cherry / raspberry / earthy) on the palate. Did not take detailed notes but this was very enjoyable with grilled NY strip steaks. 92+
Has a cleanness, energy and freshness that I found very appealing. Nose of raspberries and lavender. The palate has an almost explosive red-fruited intensity. The tannins lend a certain chalkiness to the finish. Impressive and likely to get better.
Served from magnum on a self-picked-truffle omelette. Although served too cold, this wine was immediately releasing an impressing amount of provencal notes. Decanted -to give some air to this beast-, this wine had such a masculine smell of spices and a note of red fruits. All was chained but enormous. This was the finest offering of this wine I ever had. Its interesting fifth nose magnificiently displayed raspberries jam and provencal roasted spices. Because of this wine's freshness and acidity, I look forward to tasting these eventually evolved, close to oriental, aromas in a decade. Un regal! 97+
Christmas Eve drinks (Alex's place): This was probably the most modern-styled Vieux Télégraphe I have ever had - sort of VT on steroids. Still, there was no doubting the quality here - this was a highly impressive wine. Too young to fully enjoy even after three hours in an open bottle, but it is certainly one to keep and cellar. It had a rather ripe, sweet nose that started with a blast of glycerol, but otherwise there were nice, deep aromas of ripe dark cherries and plums, dried earth, sweet spices and a lovely twist of garrigue. Rather sweeter and riper than what I am used to with VT, but clearly Provencale in character and really attractive nonetheless. The palate was still super young and really primary. Again, it was far richer and riper than I normally associate with VT, but it was both very impressive and rather delicious, with a great depth of dark cherry and blackberry fruit laced with deep spice and garrigue notes on the midpalate. There was plenty of freshness here, with bright acidity running alongside the depth of black fruited flavours, and also a nice sense of structure lent to the wine by very fine tannins. The finish was both deep and long, showing in a rich, powerful pull of cassis, plums and blackberries undergirded with a good bit of minerally earth and wood spice. The lush, voluptuous fleshiness of the vintage here seems to be tampered slightly by Vieux Télégraphe's typical sense of reserve and class, something that worked really well for the wine. Even then, it is a wine that may well take forever to come around. While this had a lot going for it, it was still clearly in its infancy - it would be very interesting to try this in a decade or so though.
This wine surely takes time to open up so decant at least two hours before drinking. After 5 hours the wine really started to shine as the spicy flavours that were quite dominant in the beginning gave place for the delicious black fruit. Complex and beautiful wine that should be given some more time in bottle or lots of air.
Big but controlled. Salty peanut butter with lots of provencale spice of thyme and Rosemary. Lots of spicy black cherries with some brambles and pain grille. Actually also getting a lot Of garrigue vibe on the end.
(at Hotel 3 Vallees, Val Thorens) red-purple color earthy Grenache aroma, hint of spices med-full body, lovely fruits flavors, round tannins, balanced acidity & bitterness, med-harmony, long aftertaste. Very enjoyable already now.
Deep dark red, restrained nose of some red fruits and spice but difficult to coax a lot out of it from the subpar glassware and restaurant bar environment. Showed it's stuff however on the palate with rich caressing fine regal tannins and fruit and spice smothered alcohol. Velvety and viscous.
From .375. Decanted 3 hours and drank over the rest of the night. This wine was completely shut down at first. I was getting little to nothing on the nose and the palate. I actually opened up an additional bottle to have with dinner as drinking the Telegraphe at that point would have been a waste.
After about 5 hours some fruit began to show through and by about midnight (8 hours in decanter) it was a VERY good wine. There was fruit galore. My biggest complaint with this wine and many of the 2007 CDPs in general is many of the secondary or tertiary flavors that make CdP great get lost in the waves of fruit from the very warm vintage, even in places that are bastions of tradition such as the with the Brunier family and the Telegraphe. Not to say that this is bad, it is more a reflection on the vintage and my taste. Still, this wine is quite delicious and will continue to improve for 10-15 years minimum.
Incredible CDP. Lots of licorice, dark fruits and a hint of leather. A nice array of fruit and earth aromas. 1st pour was great, the 2nd pour after 45 minutes was even better. Ready to drink now or sleep for a while.
14.5% alcohol. decanted and followed in the glass for 4 hours. a rare early dip into the CdP 07 vintage and, whoa, this is really good. unquestionably ripe, yet hardly over done and remarkably smooth in the tannin department. a top notch VT that reflects such fine balance that it will be difficult to cellar. highly recommended.
Powerfull nose of black licorice, back ripe fruits... in the mouth, loads of ripe tannins, massive and concentrated, alwost sweet, very long aftertaste, good acidity... this wine is very nice now and build for ages
Medium intensity of bright and transparent ruby colour. Intense nose with black fruit, strawberry jam, melted licorice, kirsch liqueur, leather, coffee, violets and minerals. Has definition and purity. Silky textured with great concentration and full body. It is drinking beautifully now although there are still some harsh elements: minerality and alcohol. Fruit is ripe but fresh and finish long. Very beautiful CdP!
at del friscos. i thought 07 cdp would stand up to their filet tasting but truth be told it was overpowered by the sauces. nice nose of purple fruit with some forrest floor. the palate was dark and brooding but not explosive like other cdps from the vintage. nice finish. not the monster i expected.
Decanted for three hours. Strawberry and sanguine that ventures toward garnet within the core. Fig paste, melted licorice, mineral, smoked meat, asian spice and sun drenched earth. Full-bodied and vibrantly long suited, there's a finish that just lasts and lasts, whilst showing a firm structure. layered and fruitful; this has the potential to really evolve into a numerous styles over quite a few years. Breathtakingly supple and what a statue. Truly legendary. Please decant. Drink 2013 - 2028.
2007 CDPs Tasting (Crystal Wines): Alcohol :: 14.5% Tasted Single blind. Double decanted for 5hrs. This display very good, pure sweet core on the nose that bring out the perfume aromas of red fruits, spices, kirsch liquor and brown sugar. Tannic entry but the tannin is ripe and chewy along with lively, mouth watering acidity, refreshing minerality that form the polish, sweet intense mouth feel and leads to firm, complex finish with good focus that build up slightly more in the finish with good drive, freshness and purity. Very good! 88-90
Crystal Wines: 2007 CDP Tasting: Aroma display alcohol, sweet cherry, spice, herbs and mushroom. Jammy, juicy sweet red fruits on the palate with additional spicy, earthy notes. Transparent, soft mouthfeel and medium body, relatively shorter finish compare to other 2007 CDP as well.
This wine has huge potential, but drinking it now is a waste as it is wound really tight! My sense is that we are going to be looking at some extended cellaring on these puppies, but they might just end up on the top of my 2007 CdP list. Way different than the Beaucastel.
Robe assez foncée. Nez sur la réglisse, les épices et quelques notes boisées. En bouche, c'est assez explosif sur les petits fruits rouges et noirs. Le vin est très sucré également. Cela me rappelle un peu la cuvée Réserve Sixtine 2007. Le vin est très velouté en bouche et la finale est intéressante. Too much pour moi à ce stade. La faible acidité du vin me laisse perplexe quant à son potentiel de vieillissement. 88-89.
Ce vin me rappelle une version amoindrie du puissant Clos des papes 2007.
Au nez, il est extrêmement fruité, une vraie bombe! Quand on entre dans le rayon des fruits à l'épicerie et que les odeurs se mélangent, c'est ce que sent ce vin! En bouche, c'est la réglisse rouge qui domine, très sucré, fruité encore une fois. Belle finale.
65% Grenache, %15 Syrah, %15 Mourvèdre ve %5 Cinsault kupajı. İlk 10 ay beton küvlerde, sonraki 12 ay büyük, “foudre” isimli meşe tanklarda dinlendirilmiş.. Parlak yakut renkli şarap aroma zenginliği ile büyülüyor. Böğürtlen ve erik benzeri meyveler ile kiraz likörü etsi, topraksı “savoury” notların hemen gerisinde yer alıyor. Baharat, deri ve meyankökü açıkça kendini gösteriyor. Tam gövdeli, “Clos de Papes” ipeksiliğinin aksine belirgin tanenleri kadifemsi dokuda, güçlü ve konsantre. Damağında topraksı özellikleri, keçiboynuzunu andıran aromalar ve katran izlenimi önde, alkolü belirgin ama rahatsızlık verici değil. Uzun ve etkileyici bir bitime sahip.
Big time virility this time. Served double-blind, and I guessed '04 Clos des Papes. Oh well, kinda sorta close. The acids are a little bracing, but not in a tart way. They provide a riveting minerally thrust through the mid-palate transition to a very long finish. I loved the savory, salty scents on the nose as well. This will be a real joy to watch unfold. 93++
Nose: Soy, pastis, kirsch, ripe raspberries, menthol/eucalyptus, hint of mesquite. Palate: Smoke, soy, juicy berries and kirsch on the attack. Huge amounts of anise, kirsch on the mid-palate. More soy, anise, and ripe raspberries on the finish. It is definitely young and primary right now, but everything else is in balance, suggesting a long life for this wine. The fruit, the balance, the stuffing to age for sure. If I had to liken it to a previous vintage, I would say that it is atypical of other 2007 CdP's, and probably in between a 2005 & 2006 Telegraphe.
Tight and hard to get a handle on, with air and intense swirling, spicy black cherry aromatics could be found, Medium bodied and bright, the strawberry filled finish felt light and short. This is not a bad wine. It just lacked excitement.
Great potential but this wine is probably shutting down. Decanted for 5 hours, and re-tried the next day. Beautiful burgundian style nose with spiciness, figs, strawberries and black cherries, concentrated purplish ruby color. On the palate big entry, mid palate slight sweetness and spice with great fruit extract, but the acidity and tannins are too harsh. I tasted the wine the next day and the tannins were still too firm for the wine to be fully enjoyable. Long finish and full bodied. I'd wait another 5 - 10 years before drinking and am sure this wine deserves a much better rating. Will re-try in a month just to reconfirm this.
Popped & poured. Semi-dense garnet. On the nose, clean blackberry and cherry with brambles and some incense. Good acidity to carry the fruit. Nice balance and a solid grip on the finish. I love the balance and lean fruit style in this. Should integrate well in time.
Verticale Vieux Télégraphe Le nez est réglissé, la bouche est concentrée, d’une belle richesse, sans excès de chaleur. Un superbe VT, le plus complet du groupe, avec une finale droite, longue et épicée. Il semble le moins alcooleux, malgré le millésime reconnu comme le 2007. 94 pts
Already throwing sediment, but very tannic and youthful. Not yet ready for prime time. Good fruit and acidity promise a long life ahead, but not nearly as smooth as Beaucastel at this stage. Hold. Tasted at an '07 Southern Rhone tasting. One of the group favorites.
San Antonio Wine Geeks - Rhone Varietals (for the most part) (Luke): I really needed to spend more time with this wine. Fresh, focused nose with wild berries and raspberry. Refined, focused palate with strong acidity and bright clean fruit and fine dry tannins. Didn't get any of the garrigue or barnyard from previous vintages, but this also isn't nearly as overdone as many '07's. Tight, earth, tar and cherry on the finish. Needs lots of time.
Opened this at the store and then brought home and finished. Was probably open about 8 hours by the time we finished it and this is great stuff. Lots of tannins out of the gate with dome black fruit and cherries - typical of a young Vieux CDP. Opened up wonderfully over the rest of the day/evening but as with any VT this will benefit from several (minimum 5) years in the cellar.
Outstanding wine enjoyed over about three hours. Ruby red color. Nose of licorice, black cherries and earth/stone. Full-bodied with great texture. Sweet tannins pronounced on the finish but offset by the rich fruit. Hard to resist now but will undoubtedly improve with 3-5 years of additional age.
This was tied for wine of the Thanksgiving weekend that included, among other great wines, the following: 1995 Cos d'Estournel, 1996 Grand Puy Lacoste, 1998 La Mission Haut Brion, 2000 Beaucastel, 2001 Phelps Insignia, 2007 Les Cailloux, and some twenty other spectacular wines. The co-winner was a dazzling 2000 Smith Haut Lafitte, which is really rounding into form. The Vieux Telegraphe was stunning on the nose, stunning on the palate. It was popped and poured and was the immediate, hands-down, no-question-about-it favorite among the dozen or so who drank it. The 1998 Figeac was also a chocolate right bank beauty.
After 4 hours of decanting, let me start by saying if you open this in the next 5 years you are wasting your money. Now, the 2007 La Crau leans more to the elegant side showing characteristics of ripe cherries, raspberry, mineral, iron, pepper, spice, licorice and lavender. This is pure and driven, the tannins are angular at this point but very well structured, this is built for the long haul. Grenache Noir 65%, Syrah 15%, Mourvèdre 15%, Cinsault 5% (Drink 2015-2030) - JD93-95
(Parker said in his review this wine normally shuts down a few years after bottling, and he is on point)
nose on this was spectacular. but i had a tough time getting past the gum-searing tannins to enjoy the palette. this one obviously needs some time in the cellar to mellow out. and if you want an early taste of what later will be a spectacular vintage, decant for an extended period of time...
Incredibly primary right now. This is packed with ripe cherries, figs and red berries with accents of earth and herbs around the fruit. Very dense, concentrated and a powerhouse in the mouth with a lot of tannin beneath the intense fruit. There's a touch of heat on the back end (it's 14.5% alcohol, and doesn't hide it) and I wonder just how gracefully this will age.
This is primary right now, but boy is it ever good. Sumptuous nose of quite ripe red and black fruit, with earth, pepper, and minerals. In the mouth, palate-coating and generous, with a sappy mouth feel, gobs of fruit, and impeccable focus. Concentrated and serious, in spite of its approachable fruit and delightful texture now, this is just awesome and will drink very well for years, as the tannins indicate on the back end. A
Decanted for 2 hours. This is a beauty almost 95+ at this early stage. Delicate nose of mild spice and stone with a little dark fruit. The palate is smooth refined with no hard edges. Medium body and not over extracted. I like it and will buy more to follow this wine over the next 10+ years.
Nez d’herbes grillées et de réglisse, assez suave.
L’attaque est franche, le vin d’une densité et d’une concentration telles qu’il donne l’impressions d’une superposition de couches de saveurs, d’une longueur et d’une profondeur saisissantes. Tantôt confiture, tantôt épices, un vin imposant mais pas du tout assommant, avec une longue finale sur la garrigue. Puissant mais raffiné, du moins autant qu’un vin si traditionnel peut l’être.
Wow! Les critiques ont vu juste il me semble c’est le VT le plus impressionnant depuis le 1998, quoique je n’aie pas goûté au 2005. Il donne du plaisir déjà, mais sera spectaculaire à 10 ans d’âge. 94-95 + pts
dark in the glass, nose saomewhat closed but had a little red fruit and stone. nice grippy tannin and cherry with a load of stoney minerality. after about an hour the fruit subsided somewhat and what was left was earth and minerals. Still fantastic but really like the red fruit early on. medium finish.
nose; black currants, tar, black licorice, and coffee. palate; minerals, bacon fat, truffles, and black pepper. medium low acidity. medium tannins. medium plus length finish. not sure this can get any better with age.
This wine is a few years away but there is no reason not to drink it now. One of the most remarkably beautiful noses on a wine ever - crushed rock, lavender and raw meat. On the palate, slightly lighter in style than traditional CDP but lush, gorgeous and finishing long. I am so happy to have several bottles of this to taste over the years as it matures. Decanted for 4 hours, but the nose early was the best.
Bought this in Paris and brought it to dinner at a friend^s house. Decanted for about an hour and a half, but I think it needed more time. Lots of sweet, syrupy fruit here with a bit of oak and a little bit of vanilla and tar. This had an extremely long finish, but it needs a lot more time to develop secondary flavors. The Telegramme is better at this point in my opinion.
Dark red. Spicey nose with lots of red fruit, pepper and sweetness. Sweet spicey, red fruit flavours. Long dry finish. Not as aromatic as the 03 but not as hot either. Seems very rich and approachable. Delicious.
(from memory) Dark red, big nose of coffee beans, raspberries, candied fruits and scorched earth, palate is spicy on the attack with big round, sweet tannins and loads of brooding fruit but lacking acidity, finish is long and complex
Note: 93 reflects the level of quality but not my level of enthusiasm. This was the second high ranked CdP that left me confused and disappointed by the lack of acidity. I'm starting to think this is not a vintage for traditionalist. Will probably end up selling off most of those hard won pre-arrivals and use the proceeds to buy more 05's.
Clear purple color with white trim. Powerful nose with fruits/earth/farm aromas. Alcohol also. Medium-full bodied in the palate, dominating tannins. Not ready to drink now, but it will be great in a few years !!
Decanted and poured, this wine showed well but required about an hour of airing to show its best. The aromatics show granite, dried herbs, raspberry, licorice and leather notes. The color is a youthful dark ruby. The medium/full bodied palate requires airing to come into balance. Initially the tannins dominate on the finish and the fruit shows a reserved profile. This will require additional bottle age to show its best. At this point the wine can show well but requires about an hour of airing to display its best attributes.
Tasted with 8 others CDP in 2007. Telegraphe was a bit clumsy and lacked definition. I normally like VT a lot, and think they represent a classic, clean, house style of CDP, with no luxury cuvees and all the other nonsense. But perhaps 2007 is just too much for an old timer like VT? It is like they didn't know what to do with all the fruit. If there was something like negative chaptilization, it would make sense for 2007 CDP.
Resist the temptation to open this bottle. Even if the 2007s are early-maturing, this one is not ready to drink. After about 5 hours the fruit started to darken and it became more interesting. Hints of leather are showing up. But for the first several hours it was red fruit (pie cherry, boysenberry) and not much on the nose. Wait AT LEAST til 2013 but probably more like 2015. Maybe then it will reach its 95 point rating...maybe.
Light body in a cherry red colour. Not showing too much on the nose apart from hot rocks and a nice gooseberry. Round and explosive mouth, very well polished tannins, it is a pleasure to drink this now. Not sure if this is a "vin de garde".
Decanted for 2 hours then drank 2 glasses over a few hours. Spice, tannin, and wonderful cranberry flavors with acidic brightness and clarity. It feels special in your mouth, but isn't as muscular as expected. 92 points now, but we'll see what tomorrow holds for the rest of the bottle...
After 36 hours of air, the tannins are stronger and the fruit has turned black. The spice is mostly gone and there's unfortunately an unbalanced level of heat that remains. Still 92 pts.
Pure and concentrated with smooth tannins. Lighter in style and color than I anticipated. Enticing nose of black fruits and a hint of melon. Enjoyable now and perhaps over time it will develop a wow factor.
Tasted the 2007 side by side after enjoying a glass of 2006. 07 much more concentrated - tightly wound dark fruit with rich, integrated layers of baking spice and vanilla. quite a contrast to the 06, but both were terrific. the 07 will benefit from several years in the bottle. the 06 is drinking amazingly well now.
A shape-shifting nose of mineral, roasted meat, licorice, raspberry jam and Asian spice hints at this wine's marvelous complexity. The promise is fulfilled on the palate, which attacks with concentrated tart berry fruit, deepens to flavors reminiscent of prunes and mince pie, and turns meaty on the finish, with a sprinkling of pepper. Really, really good.
Med, clear ruby color. Dusty plum and berry aromas. Light-med body with fig, black cherry and anise flavors. Has a very refreshing and bright demeanor. Drinks surprising well now, but a bit lighter in color and body than I expected.
Doesn't quite hit the heights that others feel for me - Obviously an outstanding bottle of wine with great bright fruit and balance - not alcoholic. Needs time to integrate fully but great now. Likely some upside.
Purplish ruby core spreading almost to the rim. Wonderful nose of raspberry torte , freshly picked mint sprig , and creme de cassis. Raspberry , black cherry , and provencal herbs on the attack... Mid palate shows anise , and black pepper. Wonderful long finish with flavors of berry and spice. Still open for business....and business is good!
Wow, wow, wow. Best La Crau I've ever heard, despite its young age. Really nice and full, dusted mocca and truffles, fresh seared beef. Its ready to drink now, and will probably show more hidden complexity in years to come. Great stuff.
This is a beautiful, sexy wine that drinks very well today and shows much potential for the future. Incredible length and finish. This is my first CDP tasted and this '07 vintage seems to live up to the WA hype. Very enjoyable and is clearly going to get better over time. I may not have purchased enough of this wine and may regret it later...
Even though this had been open for an hour and double decanted, the change just over 5 minutes of swirling in the glass was noticeable. This is a tight and young CdP, but shows huge potential. A lovely balance of liquorice and cherry on the nose with figs as well. Huge ripe tannins and a rich, dense finish show that this CdP is here for the long run.
Bottle variation more than short term ageing surely responsible for the lack of density compared to November (93 pts – see TN below). If anything I’m all the more encouraged though, because this time it was all about high fig. That is, clarification of plenty of acidity + rare flavour. 89 on the night. High confidence of 96-98 from its tenth year.
92++ Completely closed upon opening. Two hours decant later there's a delicious, wonderfully balanced, surprisingly approachable, elegant, if not particularly complex or terroir driven wine. Plenty of cherry and cranberry fruit, with licorice, bay leaf, thyme and pepper. Faint minerality. Moderate acidity and tannins. Medium-short finish. Even after four hours, I was thinking: "OK. 2007. Lovely wine. But how much Chateauneuf character is really there.... Is this maybe too polished and enjoyable, especially for such a traditional producer...." A small amount left. Sealed. The next evening, over 24 hours later, a very different animal. Red fruits are still there, but so much deeper and richer. Some black raspberry and maybe red current to complement the cherry and cranberry. Screaming anise!! Bay leaf, eucalyptus, black and white pepper, touch of cola and cinnamon. Very spicy. Iron and hot stones. More rustic. Visceral. Stronger tannins. Palate staining. Long finish. Much less smooth, and much more interesting. A bit too hot.... The potential is there. Will be interesting to how this (and other '07 S. Rhones) develop over time....
Loved this wine. Decanted for about an hour and had with an amazing homemade lasagna. I was expecting it to be tight and probably way too early. Surprised all of us that a 2007 could be this good at this stage. Can't wait to open another one but will wait a while as it'll get even better.
from 375 - this is definitely a young VT. big, tannic and rustic. opened and the temp was a little too warm so put in the fridge for 20 mins. much improved when served on the cool side. great potential but at this stage its a waste to open. obviously the pedigree is there but i won't be touching these anytime soon...gassed and returned to the fridge. will retry the remaining glass tomorrow. Day 2 - removed from the cooler and let come up to 61 degs. promising wild red and black fruit with garrique undertones. This wine has hardly budged. seems shut down which i'm shocked considering it's youth and format (375). This is a wine to lay down for many many years...
Absolutely loved this wine and it lived up to the 2007 CdPs. Cross between a full bodied fruity syrah with a touch of pinot. Enough structure but not to ceribal. Hedonistic but not over the top. A treat and defintielty worth exporing purchasing more.
Verre de 7,5CL au bar du Sheraton à Hong Kong. Robe rouge rubis, nez plutôt fermé, typé grenache sur la cerise, le brûlé et un peu de thym, bacon, prune. Attaque fruitée, et vin soyeux en bouche, tannins souple, bonne acidité, manque un peu de muscles. Finale persistante et un peu amère sur les olives noires et le thym. En l'état actuel, ne vaut pas son prix propriété. 16/20
Nose is hot Stone,deep,fig,complex,cedar,perfume. Nose was the best part of this wine. On palate. Very dry finish. Not as hot as I would expect. Balanced acids. Not packing a huge punch like other 07s I have had. It's pretty balanced and fairly easy to drink. Nice mix of earth and fruit. Tannins come out on the finish. Pretty good wine, maybe overpriced. I think this wine still needs to find itself. I have one more bottle, will hold for some time.
Beautiful. Parker is right that this is surprisingly open. This did not shut down at all like usually happens. Nose is full of tobacco, herb, sea salt, licorice, raisin, other dried fruits, and dark cherry. Palate is dark cherry, just the right amount of pepper, black tea, licorice, and assorted dark fruits. Freshness is exuded with every sip. I agree with Parker a lot more than WS here as the palate is smooth as opposed to the gravelly taste Molesworth indicated. Drink sooner than you would anticipate, but has plently of stuffing to go for quite awhile.
a super tasty, enjoyable, juicy wine, but what's going on here? This is awfully ripe and almost over the top for what I think of as a traditional estate that produces seriously structured wines. Nothing like other VT's I've had. Too early to judge but I hope this rounds into something reminiscent of the estate's style
1. (Immediately after opening.) Extremely powerful aromas of red raspberries and vanilla, red currant, and a bite of dark licorice and brown spices (and maybe even brown sugar?). On the palate, layers upon layers of different red fruit, with a very satisfying backdrop of black licorice. Where are the tannins? Finishes long. 2. (30 minutes after opening.) Ripe red fruits on the nose (cherries, currants, hint of strawberry). Vanilla seems to have dissipated (dirty glassware?). On the palate, more of the red fruits, now balanced nicely with the acidity. Licorice and spices remain.
I drank this from a 375. It was initially tight, with syrupy under-ripe fruit, but dark - in a good way. 24 hours later, it's beautiful, well-balanced, with rich fig/ blackberry, a little smoke, and very good body.
JUst picked up a half bottle today, opened it up at 5:30pm and tasted, Decent wine seemed a little short but definitely had some berry like qualities on the nose. After an hour in the glass, the fruit started to emerge along with some oak. After two hours the oak seemed to have left the glass and now there was spicy, cigar like, and fruity flavors giving rise to a near 45 second finish. A great wine after three hours or so.
Deep red. Nose of strawberry, smoke, and herbs. Fully body with firm fine tannins and nice lively acidity. Smooth and impeccably balanced with flavors of white pepper, cherry and plum on the palate. Long complex finish with plum, leather, and herbs.
Opened up around the 3 hour mark before becoming a little disjointed later in the afternoon. Lots of ripe raspberry fruit but plenty of iron, minerality and spices. When this was on, the tannins were polished - nothing rustic here. Did seem to collapse in on itself later in the day, will be interesting to see how it ages.
VVW tasting bar. Somewhat muted nose that displays black fruits, iodine and minerals. Really rich and deep palate, with bitter cherry and bitter chocolate notes, I'm really struck by the depth of the flavors and the bitter and somewhat angular edge that they have. It tightens up with some air, and has a rich finish. Very compelling, but I'm not sure how it will evolve. If consuming now, I recommend hearty dishes with rich flavors like braised short ribs or roasted pork or lamb.
I like this wine, it is complex and ripe. But I can't say it is profoundly better than the 2006 Vieux Telegraphe, which I also liked. It has spice, pepper and raspberries, and will definitely age for a considerable period of time. It is deceptive in its strength, a Theophilo Stephenson in the ring. While the bouquet was not dramatic, the palate was rich, round and ripe, without any rough edges. The 14.5% alcohol was in check, this wine is very balanced. Very long finish. Minerals and earth, medium ruby colored. This is an excellent wine, just not otherworldly. Rating: 93 points.
from 375ml, decanted vigorously. Wine is clear, youthful, dense, opaque purple core to a ruby rim, very little variation. Moderate+ intensity. Healthy, moderate - intensity on the nose with soft, velvety primary aromas of strawberry, black cherry, fig preserves, rose, sous bois and stone. On the end of the nose the alcohol is present with licorice and spice. The wine on the palate is complex already, though it is just a baby. Moderate intensity, moderate + acids, soft but structured tannins, balanced alcohol, moderate + finish with juicy primary notes of dark fruit, glycerine, garrigue, anise, wonderful florals and soft spice leading into a candied finish. Great wine, very accessible now and should only improve over the next 5-10 years....Will buy again.
this is the real deal! nose of blackberry, spice. pepper. very tight mouth, but with tightly wound fruit, good complexity, maybe a touch of heat, but nice finish. way too early and hard for me to assess, but I think so good long side potential.
wineflock- 2007 CdPs (Bob's house, Northbrook IL): nose: very tight nose that takes some serious coaxing to reveal tones of herbs, dark red cherries, bits of garrigue, dark red fruits and a good dose of red licorice. The nose just doesn't seem to fully budge too much
taste: rather brutish on the palate right now with some chewy tannins and tones of black and red licorice, meaty tones, herbs, dark red cherries, and some bits of garrigue. The tannins are pretty big right now, but what is underneath is real good
overall: group no6, my no8. This just didn't really come out and play tonight and needs a significant amount of downtime before it should be opened. This one does come off as a long distance runner and a good amount of patience is going to be required, but this should reward those that are patient in a big way
Red wine shortage at special family meal led to be grabbing a cool bottle of this. Splashed into a decanter it honked out a weird gust of fudge. Thereafter it was all magic. The temperature made it inexpressive and the circumstances meant I wasn’t concentrating, but it was boring into my subconscious, giving me a chance of saying something today about this truly great wine. Tremendous density lends a compact velvet texture, balanced by innate vitality. A singular flavour that spreads and caresses. Right now that singularity is a meld of at least: purple cherries and plums, dark raspberry, fig, olive, earth, distant smoke and northern-Rhone-style Syrah bacon fat. Crucially the fruit component isn’t loud or over-sweet; there’s no over-ripeness, just like the wine isn’t ridiculously full-bodied. No natural object has to be bigger to be more beautiful; this has exquisite balance. Restrained, integrated and pure there’s an ultra-rare feel of nobility directly aligned with top drawer Grand Cru Burgundy. Age, temperature and attention meant I got c93 pts of pleasure out of it; but really I’m sensing a potential 96-98 pt wine here. Therefore, cost aside, I’d ideally like to drink it again immediately, when it can be served/prepared with more respect.
Deep nose of black cherry and kirsch layered with garrigue...very compelling and wonderfully balanced nose. The palate is also very deep, and displays rich and savory black fruit notes coupled to a perfect balance between acidity and sweetness. There is a lot of complexity and edginess to the palate. The finish shows some young tannins, but is long and mouth watering. A+ VT, my only problem will be keeping my hands off of the remaining stash!
Medium body, cherry concentrate with mild spice and fine tannins that are already reasonably well integrated. Evolved in the glass over an hour or so. Anticpate even greater things to come in the moderate term.
Medium color with some desaturation at the rim. Nice, complex nose of fruit and garrigue. Strikingly airy, complex, and savory after tasting the Sixtine, with refreshing acidity. This was wine, not a caricature of Chateauneuf like the former specimen. Impressive and what a relief.
Very impressive! I don't have much experience in predicting how wine will age so I'll restrict from giving a rating, but I can tell that there are quite a few layers of tannins in this bottle. It is also drinking surprisingly well right now with a little bit of decanting, but it's definitely not the whole deal yet.
Drank from a 375ml. Expected this to be tight but was surprised to find this drinking very well. Grenache really prominent at this point. Wonderful cherry fruit, actually reminds me of the 2005 Barroche Pure. With more age this is going to be superb.
Beautiful wine at such a young age - bought more the next day in anticipation of enjoying this great wine in another 10-15 years. Highly perfumed nose with tons of sweet fruit Decanted & consumed slowly over 4-5 hours. The tightness faded away over time - amazing at how approachable this wine was with all that was going on in the glass. Sweet candied cherry fruit on the palate - finish stays with you. Extremely well balanced & integrated - no overpowering influences of oak or alcohol. Deep rich palate - an excellent wine!
Slight nose of almond and raspberry. Taste is big and great with notes of raspberry and clean minerals, popcorn is prevalent. There is so much here that I can't really comprehend it... This wine should get better with years in the bottle but it is not a waste right now.
Rich, multilayered, with enough acidity to balance out the huge fruit. Not a trace of heat. 45-second, shimmering finish. At once polished and refined, and yet still with plenty of authentic CdP rusticity. My wife put it best -- this wine is like 'Bordeaux in blue jeans'. Can't imagine how good this is going to be in a few years, but it is drinking very, very well right now.
Terrific deep red berry nose, more crushed berries continue to overwhelm the palate for 45+ seconds. An excellent example of a stellar 2007 CDP. Needs a few more years in bottle for the tannins to integrate.
2007 Chateauneuf tasting at Beltramos: Medium body, terrific nose of crushed berries, garrique, lavendar perfume, spice; palate is amazing - not in a big, grab you by the throat sense, but in its depth, intensity and complexity. Great intensity on entry, then spice and herb complexities, and a long finish. Candidate for wine of the vintage. I later tasted this side by side with the 05, and this showed much better, less heat, better overall balance than the 05.
Six Vintages of Vieux Telegraphe (Vin Vino, Palo Alto): Medium ruby. Lots of herbs and spice upfront, then black cherry fruit comes up. Middle weight, quite spicy, good acidity and some tannin. This is very pretty and pure, particularly after cycling through all the wines and coming back to it after the wildly funky '95. Not overwhelming like other '07s, and I mean this in the most complimentary way.
Had to try again last night ........very consistent with previous 3 bottles.....drank with 3 others and a few bottles open on the table ...the VT was gone quickly ........I uncorked and set in cellar 4-5 hours before drinking.....the only "complaint" I have is there is not much of a nose compared to many other Rhones
Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): Juicy fruit driven Crau. New World in style. Candied red berries with a perfume of rose petals. Some nice expressive components with an approachable palate for a wine this young. This was reminiscnet of a cultish New World Syrah or even Cabernet. I don't feel it was overly spicy. It had nice white pepper components but the floral bouquet was what made me come back to this bottling. Excellent.
Somewhat candied red fruit nose with some sweet herbal notes as well. Lush red fruit on the palate with fine tannins and good acid structure. Lengthy finish. Not overblown like a lot of '07s are. Quite nice.
Deep, ripe, but very tightly wound, this required hours and hours of air to reveal lush raspberry, boysenberry, sois bois, and plum skin aromas. On the palate this emerges as a blockbuster with mouthcoating, ultra-full bodied flavors of black and red fruit that mix nicely with touches of earth. I would hold this for at least another 5-10 years.
Right from the cork pull a rich raspberry fruit with hints at the garrigue of some of thier other cuvees. Obviously of higher quality then yer basic everyday Rhone too (sorry, that is just my own personal after thought). Soft and rich fruit entry, dark cherries, raspberries, just little hints of garrigue. I find the alchohol to be noticeable but not out of balance or character. The finish is fairly short right now but I am guessing that is entirely due to the fact that it has been open for 1 minute. We will see where it goes.