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Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge "La Crau" Domaine Vieux Telegraphe 2004


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A perfectly formed, but unfortunately small vintage for the domaine with production cut down by 10% due to a disruption in flowering. However, this resulted into much lower yields than usual, and combined with the outstanding summer ("a dream Indian summer", calls co-proprietor Daniel Brunier), resulted into one of the greatest wines of the vintage. Ah, Mother Nature works in wondrous ways!

"Pure and silky, with raspberry, cocoa, truffle and mineral notes that glide along the fresh acidity. The long, silky finish lets the fruit and minerality hang nicely, with garrigue in the background. Should blossom in the cellar. Best from 2008 through 2025." 94/100 Wine Spectator Top Wines 2007 #20

"The 2004 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape, which is a selection of the oldest vines of the estate, is a stunning wine made from a blend of 60% Grenach, 20% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah, and the rest various other red varietals. There are 17,000 cases from their huge holdings in the famed eastern sector known as La Crau. This wine has deep ruby/plum color and a sweet nose of kirsch liqueur, licorice, and salty sea breezes. This is a top-notch Vieux Telegraph, and I could tell than Daniel Brunier thinks it's the finest he's made since 1998. The tannins are sweet, the wine full-bodied, but certainly capable of 15-20 years of evolution. In fact, in most cases the top vintages of Vieux Telegraphe tend to be rather stubbornly closed for 4-5 years after bottling only to reemerge authoritately." 92-94/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate