Cellared since release, perfect cork and fill. Cherry, red berries, clean earth on the nose right from the start, a bit of leather and iodine come out over time, med-full body, well balanced, drinking well now but wouldn't be surprised to see more complexity in 5 more years, excellent.
Great showing, the best so far. Needs decanting for sediment, and a few minutes of air for the funk to blow off -- but not too much. After double decanting and traveling an hour and then waiting maybe another hour, it didn't show as well.
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(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Bricking very dark red violet color; brett, beets, anise, tart cherry nose; tart berry, anise, tart cherry, mineral, garrigue palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Bricking medium dark red violet color; dried berry, berry, plum nose; maturing, tar, tart berry, tart plum, tobacco palate; medium-plus finish (good, but less impressive than most of the bottles I've tried of this over the years)
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Slightly bricking dark red violet color with clear meniscus; nice, focused and sexy plum and berry nose; tasty, ripe berry, graphite, black fruit, clove and chocolate palate with depth; medium-plus finish
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Black red violet color; leather, smoke and tobacco nose; leather, tart black fruit, tar and a little white pepper, a bit tight and tannic yet; medium-plus finish 91+ pts.
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #1 (my #5) – 35 pts; 6 1st place votes, 3 2nd place votes, 3 thirds, 0 last places - Medium red color with pale meniscus; nice, horsey, mushroom, leather and lavender nose; tasty, tart red fruit, herbes de Provence and lavender palate; medium finish
(Domaine de Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape) This wine shows some maturity in the glass, but it still has plenty of deep red pigment at its core. The nose has a fabulous depth, multilayered as it is, first showing wisps of smoke, then an intensely concentrated seam of earthy fruit, with a little note of roasted meat. Then nuances of orange peel and cloves make a brief appearance. The palate has a delicious weight, with decent acidity, and certainly there is a freshness to the palate, although it struggles, twisting and turning with the ripe and hearty fruit. There is a lovely depth to the fruit, although the style of the vintage does not allow it a fresh style. But it has a very enticing grip, and a slightly bitter charcoal tinge to the structure. It maintains a good presence in the mouth, and it has a good length.
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape) From a half bottle. A great depth of colour here, one of the most impressive wines in the flight. Sweet burnt rubber fruit on the nose. The palate follows on, with sweet fruit and a burnt rubber edge, with plenty of pepper and spice. Firm acidity. Grippy tannin in the background, a little coarse if anything, but this is a minor temporary criticism. It has texture, balance, and is very drinkable.