Medium-light garnet-red, much sedimentation. Piquant and earthy nose of garrigue, boiled beef, soy sauce, greek olives, cranberry, leather and wisp of smoke. On arrival, light tannin and medium acidity, tilted up a click more with an hour's time. Elegant and narrow in the mouth, fruit all gone, but just as our host expected, this old fellow went well with a oak-grilled herbed rock fish, the last of our yard's corn, (red) bell peppers and cucumbers.
This wine was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much and the cork didn't fare well, but the wine turned out to have plenty of life. The fruit was still vibrant and overall the wine was balanced. The nose had plenty of grilled meat and spice. I should note that the wine improved significantly after 2 hours.
Deep and meaty, ripe and sexy, mature yet fresh and full of vitality, a juicy core, sneaky power, and altogether one of the most sensual bottles I've drunk this year. I fear I may be underscoring it.
This bottle was pristine. Fill was excellent, just above base-neck. Cork was soaked through and came apart upon opening, the bottom portion ending up in the wine.
Drunk at Prezza Boston, where the fire last summer clearly did not impact this bottle. I was told that the cellar was unaffected save some slight water damage to a few labels, and remained cool even as the fire raged back in the kitchen.
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(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #1 (my #1) – 51 pts; 10 firsts, 3 seconds, 0 thirds, 0 last places – sexy tart cherry, dried red fruit, horseradish and light beef jus nose with depth; very sexy, mature, ripe, tart and dried cherry, plush palate, with depth; long finish 96+ pts.