coincidence that i liked this less, again, than the la crau from the same vintage? sadly, i probably won't get to taste these ultra rare wines enough to develop an accountable pattern. this also seemed a little thin in the midpalate compared to the 95, and held a less riviting overall profile. what a superb tasting! a nice small number of wines we could really follow over some time, in a delightful setting. i have a tough act to follow next month.
G7 (Kevin): Another special wine produced by Vieux Telegraphe that is not released to the general public and made from 100% Grenache of 60 years old vines. 50% press wine. Traditional 20 month vinification. Aged in barrel for the 1st year and in 30 year old foudre for the 2nd year. Bottled after 2 years unfiltered. Red ruby color. Nose of red berries. Tastes of raspberries, blackcurrant and earth. Nice acidity and freshness. Medium bodied. Rich finish but no where near as complex as the standard La Crau bottling. From the back of the bottle (loosely translated from French): "An experimental cuvee of Domaine Vieux Telegraphe. L'Hippolyte is a tribute to Hippolyte Brunier (1849-1934) who started the domaine in the late 19th century by planting a plot of Grenache on the La Crau plateau in Bedarrides which at that time was called the Telegraphe Quarter. For one hundred years we strive to make every year better than the last, L'Hippolyte will continue to show us the way."
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