Second somewhat disappointing bottle in a row from this vintage. Good color, nice nose. The entry was good, but the palate was a bit weak as was the finish. Decanted two hours before, and consumed over the next two, and it seemed to put on a bit of weight toward the end, so maybe this just needed a longer decant. Perfectly good with food, not as interesting as expected. Bought on release, stored in passive cellar. Different bottling batches, as others notes do not reflect what was in this bottle. Dumb phase? Will it be better in several years? I hope so, as right now this is a very good wine, but given the producer and vintage I expected better. I have had pretty much every vintage of this wine since the early 90s, and this is one of the worst at this point to my palate.
A private tasting and dinner at a friend's (Amsterdam): Masculine, powerful and structured, quite primary, clean and glossy but perfectly classical, ripe fruit, just a hint of raisins and of nuts, very good length. Drinking well already but needs more time; glorious future.
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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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