This bottle also has an orange rim and a grenadine color in general. On the nose, it is pretty expressive with notes of cherry fruit and garrigue. On the palate, it has nice kirsch, garrigue, green olive and asain spice flavors. Very nice with some years ahead of it yet.
Now that this bottle has been open for several hours, it has become even more complex and delicious. Just like the previous reviewer's experience, I think the wine benefits greatly from several hours of airtime. It now offers more sweet kirsch, forest floor, and dark cherry chocolate fruit.
I am having the 2nd half of this bottle on day two and it continues to drink nicely. I have increased my score slightly.
Subtle nose of violets, sweet dark fruits, with hints of earth and forest floor. The attack is subdued – a suspended middle weight, which slowly unfolds to reveal some lovely dark fruits with dusting of white and some black pepper. There are some subtle tannins at the end, with a nice medium finish. This is not a big powerful wine. Not a blockbuster. I approach this like a burgundy – subtle, lovely, and unfolding as one swirls the wine in the glass, and repeatedly taste as the wine evolves. With time (one hour or so) this gets even more complex. A bit more assertive. Slightly stronger attack. More bite. Flavor highlights are more kirsch, with more present, slightly gritty, tannins. After two hours, even more lovely and complex. I do think this can use some more age. After two hours, the nose is more pronounced, with lovely dark cherries, dark chocolate, with hints of white pepper, and other aromas I cant quite pinpoint. Complex nose with corresponding taste follows. Nice softer fruit, brambly forest, and other earth tones. And even better after about 3-4 hours. This is a wine that needs to be coaxed. It slowly reveals itself. And when it does, how delicious. My rating kept going up the longer this sat in the glass.
Tonight's bottle is not showing as well as previous ones. It has been open about two hours. The nose is reserved and on the palate it has notes of cherries, not much garrique, some Asian spices, and kind of a tart finish. May be an off bottle.
On day two, saved in a half bottle, the wine was much better. It is interesting how some wines require a lot of airtime. Tonight, I am getting kirsch, green olive, and rosemary with a medium finish. I increased the score slightly from last evening.
Light ruby. Cherry and plums with minimal garrigue. Medium bodied, elegant feel, sound acidity, and for the first time over these many bottles an earthy, mineral filled finish. Very good but not nearly as robust and lively as a bottle a few months ago. This very much gave the impression of being at or very close to the death spiral. The message is that your experience will vary bottle by bottle, which is hardly a shock with 15 year old Chateauneuf.
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(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #5 (my #3) – 56 pts.; 0, 1, 4, 1 - bricking medium dark ruby color with pale meniscus; reticent, ripe berry, baked raspberry nose; tightish, tart cherry, raspberry, vanilla oak, incipient ginger cake palate with drying tannins; medium finish
(Domaine Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape) A strong hue of maturity here, matt oxblood tones cutting through the deep red pigment. The nose is also mature, a combination of slightly sweaty roasted fruits, a little barnyard and baked liquorice. The storage for this bottle has been beyond question, first a respected retailer than a cellar with favourable temperatures. The palate has good substance and holds onto its sweet slightly grainy tannins, although there is a slightly raw and youthful side to it. Good fruit, showing a mature and open style, and in the mix a good but slightly disjointed acidity. It is only the finish where there is any real concern, showing here a more tertiary character, meaty and mature. It is five years since I tasted this; it has certainly moved on during that time.
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #7 (my #5) – 83 pts; 2, 0, 2, 3 – Medium violet purple with clear meniscus and slightly cloudy; spicy plum, berry and garrigue nose; tart charcoal, peppery, garrigue, tart plum, young yet, and a little hot; medium finish 92+ pts.
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #4 (my #3) – 52 pts; 1, 3, 3, 2 – nice Grenache cherry nose with hint of white chocolate; lovely entry, tart, concentrated red fruit with some chocolaty oak edges, velvet texture; medium-plus chocolaty finish 92+ pts.
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape) One of the two most youthful looking wines here. A blood red, moderately deep hue. Lovely smoky Grenache fruit. Intense and a little tarry. Full, rounded, textured on the palate. Slightly chalky tannins underpin some sweet, macerated, roasted fruit. Good balancing acidity and a grippy endpalate. Firm finish. Needs five years at least.
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