20+ CDP Dinner (Bristol): Such an experience to taste this alongside the 78 VT. To me not as fresh and more spice driven. A touch more bricking. Beautiful wine with less acid. Still has 5+ years ahead of it.
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.
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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.