Decanted from a magnum for two hours. Wine was brick red, very soft and silky. Although past its peak, it wasn't tired or too old, just not as exuberent as a few years ago. A wonderful wine, but definitely time to drink up.
Food: Chinese Northern Duration: 3 hours Condition: Perfect Aroma: white pepper, menthol, slights hints of red fruit, bubble gum Notes: tasted horizontally with Henri Bonneau cuvee Marie Beurrier, I liked this better. The palate is smooth and aftertaste is pretty long. after 2 hours in the bottle the fruits are released despite tannins still present. I think this wine has just started to apprach it's drinking window so I would say drink 2015-2022.
Nose: you definitely feel the age and the complexity through a mix of liquorich cherries, prunes and some Cuban cigar. Taste: very nice length still french. The tanins mixvlovely with a valanced acidity to finish into some sicy and the (probably after 15 sec) more woody tones. An amazing teenager to enjoy before he becomes a difficult case
D20min. Garnet red, yellow rim, 5. Perfectly mature complex ripe bouquet, intense red berries, garrigue, farmyard.... Harmonious intense palate, fully resolved tannins, tobacco in the finish. Drink now onwards. What a surprise, this outshone the 2001 on the day!
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(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #2 (my #7) – 53 pts.; 3, 1, 2, 0 - medium dark cherry red color; brett, tobacco, mature herb nose; brett, garrigue, anise, tart red fruit palate with drying, tannic finish; medium-plus finish
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Bricking medium red violet color with pale meniscus; brett, berry, charcoal, mineral nose; brett, charcoal, berry, mineral, garrigue palate; medium-plus finish
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #7 (my #6) – 78 pts.; 1, 1, 2, 2 – sweet cherry Grenache nose; solid chewy cherry palate, with hint of sous bois and grainy tannins; medium finish 88+ pts.
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape) From a half bottle. Definitely showing a little age here, and a little fine sediment. A very earthy hue. Maturing fruit nose, with some charred meat, and a touch perfumed. There's plenty of structure here, with tannins showing well on the endpalate. Firm, textured, earthy fruit and bright acidity. Needs three or four years.