From a not so heralded vintage. Fully mature classic CDP nose displaying slightly dry red fruits, cherry and pomegranate, a hint of herbs de provence, leather, tobacco and tar. There is also anise and licorice note that seem to come from alcohol that shows at the end. Very good concentration, bright red fruit driven palate impression, bright acidity that some may find a bit overwhelming and fully integrated tannins. Perhaps due to the vintage, the fruit impression is not too sweet and although the nose is quite complex, it can be mostly attributed to the proper cellaring. I don’t think this would have been too impressive at its youth. This really calls for a hearty dish cassoulet or fatty game stew. A great example of how enjoyable a mature CDP from a mediocre vintage can be.
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(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #6 (my #7) – 104 pts.; 0, 0, 2, 1 – light medium red color; bright, lifted, tart red fruit, tobacco, beef jus and earth nose; tobacco, red fruit, prickly palate, young yet; medium finish 91+ pts.