This 2008 was one of the weakest tasting versions of VT that I've yet come across. It was prematurely old with very minimal tannins or acid. The fruit came off kind of stewed and very much into secondary flavors of leather, tobacco, vanilla, caramel, and dark smooth red fruits. Decent length to the finish, but this is wine that is peaking.
New years eve at home: same verdict. I have come to greatly appreciate these cool expressions of grenache dominated wines (Grenache noir 65%, Mourvèdre 15%, Syrah 15%, Cinsault, Clairette et divers 5%.) It does not showcase complexity or bold fruit or anything else in a very manifest manner, but the freshness, the clean fruit, the elegance and the perfect balance makes me happy. Great food wine. In the upper echelons.
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(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; herbal, ripe cherry, dried cherry, dried berry, garrigue nose; tight, tart berry, tart cherry, mineral, garrigue, licorice palate, needs 7-plus years; medium-plus finish
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Very dark red violet color; deep, sexy, roasted plum, tart berry, garrigue, sage nose; tasty, tight, roasted berry, garrigue, sage, tart black fruit palate; medium-plus finish
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