Open overnight. Still a healthy ruby, with medium legs. Tea-like fruit in the nose, with hints of shoe polish, tomato leaf. Somewhat faded. Primary flavors are gone, leaving somewhat rustic secondary fruit, with somewhat dry, earthy fruit. Good texture, not over the hill but probably past its prime. Not cracking up, I just think it would have been better several years ago. In that context, disappointing. 4-11-15-7: 87/100.
I admit that I wasn't quite as blown away by this as I had expected to be. But, putting away my perhaps inflated expectations, this was a very fine wine. I decanted it, and it was exposed for a couple of hours although I admit to tasting it along the way. It was thinner and more refined than I thought it would be; perhaps that is the one facet that had been affected by age. Otherwise, it tasted very fresh, no negatives. It did have a middle period where it rose to an incredible level of elegance. Maybe that's it: It did not have the power and heft of typical CDP. It was actually quite an elegant and fine wine. Anyway, I remain a fan of Vieux Telegraphe and look forward to the two other bottles I have at a later date. They should age further just fine.
Garnet with faded rim. All garrigue-lavender and mint, predominantly. Medium weight, cool, greener elements also are most prominent in the mouth. It's interesting that you feel more than taste the remaining red fruit and a touch of fig. Good acidity and completely resolved tannin. My last bottle of this-very good but definitely time to ring the bell.
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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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