From half bottle. Opened & left to rest for like 1 hour. Herbs, light red fruits, touch of spice. Feels young, a touch dry at times and with a bit of feeling of heat on the palate. Definitely a lot more expressive than 6 months ago (Papies 88). Feels about right but maybe a bit more time will help it evolve more. 89
WS originally rated this 95 (#5 in Top 100 Wines of 2008) & it still exemplifies an amazing wine. Dense & chewy, but not tiring to drink due to fresh acidity & edgy, gravelly feel driving blackberry, currant & sweet spice notes. Long finish w/ briary grip, w/ notes garrigue & hot stone. This has many more years to go...
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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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