Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): From 375 mL bottle; see through crimson core with slight orange in rim; fig, raspberry, cherry, marzipan, faint blood orange, deep and Burgundian; good depth on palate, nice freshness, spicy, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, great balance, blood orange in finish; good, lots of fat that time will need to shed, tasty.
Really quite pale Herby spicy nose, touch floral Some tannin, initially not much fruit but then some sweet raspberries come through Touch medicinal and boozy Hard finish I'd keep until it develops. Not great fun now
Every other time I've tasted young Vieux Telegraphe I've hated it (love it with a decade or more, by the way). This one was decanted for about eight hours and when I tasted it blind I loved it. Light, good floral nose. A little bit of Provencal spice. Good finish. Others that I've tasted young were disjointed but this was elegant. A nice surprise. This was my wine of the night in the formal tasting.
Tasted along side the Telegramme. The Telegraphe was the definite winner, and is worth the extra $50. My pallet was not up to par because of a cold that was coming on, so it is not fair for me to score this wine. Huge floral nose with some nice light ripe red fruit. On the pallet it was a typical delicious and elegant Telegraphe with light red fruit, strawberry, sweet pomegranate, honeysuckle, and floral characteristics. If I were to put a rating on this with my limited pallet I would give it 93 points.
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