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Community Tasting Notes (400) Avg Score: 91.8 points

  • One of my favorites over the years. I loved this one. Decanted just before dinner

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  • Decanted and Served. Does not need a long decant as the wine is open from the pop. 2 years since we had it last (Same Batch and then rated 92) and remains true to form. Tasted blind and guessed early 90s (not 1990) CdP. Herbs de provence on the nose, light red fruit, earthy, mushroomy, forest floor . Well evolved and on the palate has none of the 98 over-ripeness and is quite balanced. Missing a bit of depth unfort and definitely one to drink sooner than later. Pretty solid 92.

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  • Elegant and fresh, with layered waves of plum, leather and pepper. I don't see much further evolution from here myself.

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  • Decanted two hours ahead of first sip. Really nice nose of dirt, forest floor?, and dark fruit upon pouring into the decanter. It really didn't get any better than this. It was pleasant, but not any better. It seemed at times like higher than the 14% alc that is on the bottle. WHen the alc wasn't showing early on, it sometimes seemed like the oak was heavier than I usually get from a CDP. Fruit never came around so as to be enjoyable. My expectations were up, so the TN and score reflect disappointment as well.

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  • Cellared since release. Perfect fill and cork. Dark red core, lightening towards rim with no bricking. Why nose at first but opens nicely after about 90 minutes to show dark fruits, cherry, leather, and clean earth. No Brett. Medium body, palate follows the nose, great balance. Outstanding.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/23/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (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
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/28/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Bricking dark red violet color; tart black fruit, herbs, tobacco nose; tasty, tobacco, herbs, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points
  • By Richard Jennings
    3/10/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Dark red violet color; brett, tart black fruit, tobacco nose; tart black fruit, brett, tobacco, cigar box palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    6/25/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Bricking opaque dark red violet color; roasted plum, chocolate, garrigue, anise nose; tasty, dried berry, baked berry, ginger cake palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points
  • By Richard Jennings
    11/7/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 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)
  • By Richard Jennings
    7/10/2009, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 95 points

    (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
  • By Richard Jennings
    12/22/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (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.
  • By Richard Jennings
    2/14/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (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

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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (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.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/12/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Dark garnet red color; cherry and black fruit nose; very tasty, tart black fruit and tangy beef jus; long finish

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2004, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (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.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/30/2004, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Light cherry red color; tight, oaky, tar, vanilla, berry palate; long finish

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