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Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

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2015 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

Silky, ripe, sweet and fresh, the wine offers a classic, elegant profile of Grenache, with a focus on its ripe, sweet, cherry core of fruit. Soft polished, long, fresh and pure, the wine is not about power. Instead, what you have is an elegant, fresh sweet expression of fruit. Produced from a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.

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2015 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Télégramme  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

Elegant, refined, forward, medium bodied and focused on its red fruits and silky textures, over concentration and power. This charmer is already quite taste and easy to drink.

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2014 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Medium bodied, soft, elegant, fresh and forward, there is good sweetness ad purity to the red fruits, with quite a bit of lift, and an earthy, floral note to complicate matters. This is already showing well, and while it should improve with age, if you like then young, go ahead and pop a cork.

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2014 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Télégramme  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 87

Light in style, easy drinking, forward, medium bodied, softly textured and with, sweet, red cherries and raspberries from start to finish, this is fully ready for near term drinking. This would be a nice find on a restaurant list.

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2013 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Télégramme  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 87

Wild strawberry with herbs, smooth tannins and a soft, short and sweet, fresh, cherry note in the finish. The wine was made using a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 4% Cinsault.

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2013 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Really strong for the vintage, there is wealth of black raspberries, herbs and kirsch, paired with silky smooth textures and a fresh, sweet, peppery, kirsch finish. Produced from a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.

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2012 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Medium/full bodied, fresh, bright, lively wine which is still young and a little tight. With air, and effort, the kirsch, black raspberry, tapenade, thyme and garrigue began to develop and show itself. This needs a few more years in the bottle.

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2011 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Medium bodied, forward and quite easy to taste today. The elegant, fresh kirsch, garrigue, peppery strawberry and olive character is already coming through loud and clear. Not a wine to age, this is perfect for early drinking pleasure.

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2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

With ripe, juicy, red plum, black raspberry, pepper, earth and green olive notes, this full bodied, concentrated, beefy Southern Rhone has a lot to offer. With time, when the tannins soften and the wine evolves, this should offer a much better tasting experience.

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2009 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

Youthful, medium bodied, fresh, dominated by its cherry and garrigue nose, the wine is well made, but it lacks that extra special something that really carries through.

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2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Dark ripe berries, cherry, jam and spicy aromatics open to a lush, forward styled Chateauneuf du Pape with the structure to age and ample, soft, ripe, red fruits that make it fun to drink today.

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Tight and hard to get a handle on, with air and intense swirling, spicy black cherry aromatics could be found, Medium bodied and bright, the strawberry filled finish felt light and short. This is not a bad wine. It just lacked excitement.

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2006 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Concentrated, tannic and structured, this classic styled wine has a core of fresh, peppery, red berries, earth and herbs. A few more years should help the wine develop more nuances.

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2005 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Strong wine here, with ample ripe dark red fruits, spice, garrigue, jam and kirsch. The wine is rich, round and full bodied, leaving with a finish packed with fresh red and black cherries.

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2004 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Medium bodied, fresh, lively, earthy, kirsch, black cherry and herbs are right where they need to be in the nose, and on the palate. You can definitely enjoy this wine with pleasure.

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2003 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Avoiding the jammyness that afflicts so many wines from the vintage, you find ample amounts of spice, licorice, pepper, garrigue and red fruits. Soft, supple, round and easy to drink, this is definitely ready to go.

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2001 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

Strawberry, kirsch and earth, rustic and peppery, full bodied and structured, this can be drunk now or held for potential further development.

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1998 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

So much better than the previous bottle, tasted years ago. This is a beauty! All the sweet, juicy kirsch, peppery, black raspberry, earth, herbs and weight, density, length and complexity you could ask for in a Chateauneuf du Pape.

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Dark ruby color with earthy, tar, jammy black fruit and fresh cracked pepper scents. Concentrated, dense but without any special reason to like the wine. At the end of the day, it was dull.

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1995 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 84

Medium weight, simple and boring.

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1993 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 88

Based on the vintage, this fully mature Chateauneuf du Pape is showing much better than expected. Medium bodied, and lacking the intensity of a great vintage, the red berries are fresh, clean feminine. This is not a wine to hold.

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1988 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 83

Vegetative aromas with green pepper, herbs, mushrooms and white pepper scents. Full bodied with a slightly chalky bitter finish. Some fruit, but mostly disappointing.

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1978 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

Compelling and eternally youthful, at close to 40, this certainly competes with any Southern Rhone for the wine of the vintage. The nose grabs you with its sweet, deep, red fruits, black pepper and garrigue. Full bodied, wild and long, the finish sticks with you, with its layers of ripe, peppery, dark red berries.

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Filled with fresh cracked pepper, gariggue, kirsch, herbes, fennel and black raspberries with a melange of spice, this rich, full bodied, charmingly, rustic, spice filled wine ends with a long, fresh, powerful, pure, cherry liqueur finish. This fully mature Chateauneuf du Pape remains a sublime tasting experience for lovers of old Chateauneuf du Pape. Believe it or not, this has at least another decade of life to look forward to. This is best vintage of Vieux Telegraph I’ve ever tasted! It's almost impossible to fathom how young this wine was showing after more than 3 decades of aging.

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From the color, aromatics and taste, I would have thought this wine was at least 10 years younger. The perfume blended garrigue with dark cherries, pepper and earth. The finish was long, clean and pure. While the wine did not improve with air, it remained at the same level for 2 hours. This might be one of the best 78 Chateauneuf du Papes available today.

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Birckish ruby color. Notes of spice, cinnamon, pepper, jammy blackberries, cherries, raspberries and herbs. Full bodied, silky entry. Very Burgundian in style. Soft, elegant plummy fruit on the palate. Continued improving in the glass. Wow, what a treat! Steve Levin purchased this on release for $6.00

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