Community Tasting Notes (503) Avg Score: 92.4 points

  • I thought this was a great expression of terroir and a really excellent VT, which I have enjoyed for many years.

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  • Decanted 1 hour, drank over another hour. All iodine/betadine after first hour - dissipated and improved after second hour. Overripe, plum and dried herbs. Brutish, not delicate. Decant at least 2-4 hours. Has a long life in front of it. Should improve over next 5-10 years.

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  • David's btls tonight at our small group St Dinette dinner. First, I'll fully admit, I wasn't looking forward to this btl as I've had so many crappy 07 CDPs. But, this was quite good and un-marred by the vintage. And, addl btl age may even further enhance this particular 2007. Fortunately, this btl arrived semi cool which is a must for post 04 CDP drinking. It did not get much air. Essentially PnP. Semi opaque garnet red color. Smelled great with lots of spice, smoky earth and garrique. Powerful but more of a streamlined lifted palate with a little Pessac like scorched earth gravel minerality, cherry, black currant, dark chocolate, tar, licorice, mesquite and more garrigue. Best served in the mid to high 50s in a Burg glass. One of a shrinking number of CDP producers I still enjoy drinking. This is not your typical fat, low acid 07. Tannins are in check but has the structure to keep this fresher than most 07 CDPs. I have 3 btls of my own and will open one of mine in 2020. Alc 14.5% but didn't notice it tonight. Served along side Lonny's 2009 VT tonight this was way more ready to go and balanced.

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  • Served blind to us (along side the 2007 SQN Grenache Pictures) by Walter at The Wolf in Oakland. Walter says decanted a few hours. Brick red in color. Very fruity nose. Big cherry flavor in the nouth along with red raspberries and sweet spices. Modest tannin. Medium body. Good food wine. Nice finish. Because of the strong cherry component, I guess 2005 Burgundy. Wrong again. Lovely wine now, but should last for years.

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  • Can certainly see the brawny nature of this wine, which many comments suggest. Could age further but was drinking well now. Not sure if it quite lived up to the fuss in so many reviews but I was not disappointed.

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  • By David Lawrason
    11/24/2010, (See more on WineAlign...)

    (Domaine Du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf Du Pape, Ac, La Crau red) Login and sign up and see review text.
  • By John Szabo, MS
    11/17/2010, (See more on WineAlign...)

    (Domaine Du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf Du Pape, Ac, La Crau red) Login and sign up and see review text.

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Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau) Login and sign up and see review text.
  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142, (See more on Vinous...)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/19/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 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, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 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, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (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, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 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.

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