With dinner at Staple & Fancy: No notes - but seemed like a very nice and mature cdp without being overly impressive. Was expecting more - not sure if this is just too mature for my taste or an off bottle - this is the oldest cdp I've had. But only dissapointing relative to my expectations.
My last and best bottle from a six pack. The cork wasn't in very great shape and broke apart when opening. Filtered out the cork pieces with a aerator. This wine was in excellent shape. Brick red color. A touch of barnyard and animal on the nose. Flavors of raspberry, garrigue, anise, wild game, and cherry. Beautiful balance. Amazing depth and complexity on both the mid palate and finish. Rustic. Drank with the daughter of the winemaker Henri Brunier (his son's Frederick and Daniel had not taken over quite yet). Simply amazing and everything I look for in older Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
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(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #6 (my #4) – 81 pts.; 1, 2, 2, 3 - bricked medium red color with pale meniscus; very mature, tobacco, earthy nose; mature, tobacco, tart red fruit, mineral palate with firm sweet tannins; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Light medium red color with pale meniscus; mature, tart roasted red fruit, truffle, plum nose; mature, earthy, roasted meat, smoke, mineral palate; medium-plus finish
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #1 (my #1) – 12 pts; 4 1st place votes, 1 2nd place vote, 0 thirds, 1 last place – bricking medium red violet color with pale meniscus; herbaceous, bacon fat, smoke nose; tasty, bacon fat, smoke, tangy, roast beef jus, garrigue and clove palate; medium-plus finish (easily guessed it was VT)
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #4 (my #5) – 83 pts.; 1, 3, 4, 2 – medium red color; barnyard and beets nose; dense, spicy, tart currant, horseradish and white pepper palate; medium-plus finish (surprisingly young yet)