Opened and poured with a Soiree decanter. Clear medium ruby color. Showing notes of dark cherry, cocoa, earth, violets and clove on the nose- moderate in intensity. Intense black cherry fruit and minerality on the palate that needed time to unwind, along with secondary tea, floral and spice notes- still a little backward despite its intensity. Medium acid, fine silky tannin, fleshy mid-palate, plenty of depth on the finish. Very elegant. This needs a lot of air or a few more years. My dad really enjoyed it, so that's the most important thing, but if not for that this is definitely a 'hold' for its full potential.
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(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape) A cherry pink-red hue in the glass. Often when tasted at this stage in its evolution I have found Vieux Télégraphe to be rather simple in its aromatics, but this wows me with wild notes of garrigue and aromatic herbs on top of the usual sweet fruit. It has a very soft entry onto the palate despite this, but then reveals a well composed supple melding of ripe tannins, well covered by fruit, with a good acid backbone as well. There is true character here too. Great potential, a fine vintage for the Bruniers I think.
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