Red

2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 521

  • drjb Likes this wine: 93 points

    February 19, 2020 - This bottle of the 2007 DdVT still shows a deep and clear colour with no cloudiness. There is a striking nose of blackcurrant pastille, blueberries, liquorice, lavender and thyme with touches of black pepper with no errant notes. The palate remains fruit rich but there is a real sense of firming up with time in the cellar with a touch of black pepper leading into a firm and fine tannic finish that persists nicely. I certainly feel that time is working to this wine's advantage and its not the over-ripe caricature that some had suggested.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Tree512 wrote: 85 points

    February 11, 2020 - Far too hot. Cherry fruit but not enough of it to buffer the alcohol.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • walkerjfw wrote: 89 points

    February 2, 2020 - From a 3L on Super Bowl Sunday (a tradition with this group), decanted 2.5 hours prior to drinking, drank over the course of the game (3 hours).

    Medium ruby, cloudy. When first opened, picked up some of the brett notes and alcohol on the nose noted by others, blew off after a couple hours, completely gone 3.5 hours in. Palate of ripe dark cherry, plum, blood orange, Christmas spices/cinnamon. Rustic early in, later in the evening fruit was more evident and expressive. Medium weight and finish.

    Considerable improvement with the decant, very different wine 3- 5 hours in. May have been the large format needed the time but would decant if venue allows. This bottle would have a way to go if wanting to cellar. 2007 a celebrated vintage in the Rhone, this was nice on this night but not great. It will last but not sure it improves much. I liked the fruit towards the end, took some coaxing and time to get it there....

  • Outplaying wrote:

    February 1, 2020 - I enjoyed this more than the last bottle a couple of years ago. In terms of the 07 vintage, I think this is one of the better ones I’ve had. Ann found it to be too much of everything though. Some garrigue and licorice accents.

  • ricard Likes this wine: 93 points

    January 25, 2020 - Slightly cloudy appearance. Notable alcohol on the nose. Plum cake. Something ancient and deep here. Figs and plum compote, prunes. Cinnamon. Christmas pudding. Some bitterness and angularity, and slightly rough tannins. Fractured, not integrated or balanced. Perhaps an an odd time in its evolution. At odds with itself, insecure. But also, special, singular and idiosyncratic, memorable and distinctive. One hopes it will settle.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By David Lawrason
    11/24/2010 (link)

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  • By John Szabo, MS
    11/17/2010 (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    A focus on Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Issue #5, 8/31/2010 (link)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    12/10/2008 (link)

    (Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/19/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Very dark red violet color; deep black fruit, black raspberry, tar nose; tasty, rich, ripe black fruit, blackberry, tar, licorice, garrigue palate; medium-plus finish 94+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/30/2009 (link) 94 points

    (Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Dark red violet color; nice licorice, anise, black fruit, berry nose; tasty, black fruit, licorice, anise, mineral, berry palate, tight of course, needs at least 5 years; medium-plus finish

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    10/24/2009 (link)

    (VIEUX TELEGRAPHE CdP La Crau rouge) 2007 Vieux Telegraphe Dear Friends, Staying with the "I'm not waiting around" theme, I was up early this morning (5:00am) in an effort to secure the last of the top-end 2007s from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Next week is going to be crazy for Rhone wines and this is a situation where being proactive is the right formula (instead of reactive after the scores come out). I found a number of good examples today but this is a star in the making. This is the last of the first tranche pricing I could find on this wine and I secured every bottle available. If you are looking for a wine with decades of ageing potential, the 2007 Vieux Telegraphe is a deceptive monster of a beverage that may prove to be among the longest lived of the vintage. While one usually looks for femininity from this winery (and heavenly aged aromatics after a decade or so), the 2007 is built more in the style of a brawny 1978 or 2005 but appears almost easy to drink at this stage. Don't be fooled - this is not a wine of finesse and grace. Today, there are so many buried layers of rock, dirt, red fruit and floral/garrigue tones that it takes careful study to watch them emerge. This bulldozer of a wine is built for long-term demolition and you will be rewarded for patience. Don't even consider opening a bottle of this until 2015 and more likely 2020. Think of this as an investment in Bordeaux with similar potential for escalation in value over the next 20 years. One thing is for sure, the price is not going to go down and only a small amount was released at this price - who knows what it will be post-WA bottle score? The 2007 Vieux Telegraphe may be atypical for this winery but, to their credit, they didn't try to strip the wine of its natural state by "creating" a more graceful expression when there was none. I'm not sure why this is even an issue - 1947 Cheval Blanc is certainly not typical of that winery either? VERY HIGHLY RECOMEDED as a thrill-a-minute wine for those seeking superlative depth, tannin, structure and longevity (not the typical giggly fun house of the 2007 vintage). The 1989 Lafleur of the 2007s? ONE SMALL SHIPMENT ONLY at this price with impeccable provenance: 2007 Domaine du Vieux TÄlÄgraphe Chëteauneuf-du-Pape "La Crau" (this is not the Telegram or Blanc - this is the flagship "La Crau" bottling) Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Rhone7793

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/15/2009 (link) 94 points

    (Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; deep berry, garrigue, graphite nose; tight but tasty tart berry, black fruit, garrigue and mineral palate with balance; medium-plus finish 94+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard La Crau
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • UPC Codes 041226065008, 086459025399, 3374830011053, 3374830011077, 400003164226, 761503633217, 761503633293

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 478 (3%)
  • In Cellars 11,575 (70%)
  • Consumed 4,429 (27%)

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Community Recommendations

agneau, Barbeque Chicken, braised lamb shanks, gibier, Lamb Provencal, lamb w/ green pepper corn sauce, lamb w/ rosemary, Lasagne aux canards, taj, viande rouge

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