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.
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(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
(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
(VIEUX TELEGRAPHE CdP La Crau rouge) 2007 Vieux Telegraphe
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)
(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.
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