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    Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2009
    Rhone Red Blends - Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

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    • ST93
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Spectator, 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

    Varietal: Rhone Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 113544

    Winemaker's Notes:

    A classic red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, very fine and elegant. The best vintages will age for 25 years and more.

    Critical Acclaim:

    This is crammed with fruit, spice and structure, as braised fig, plum skin, cassis and anise notes wrestle with roasted apple wood, melted red licorice and tar for now. The embedded grip should carry the finish until this assimilates fully. Best from 2014 through 2024.

    94 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Bright ruby. Intense red fruit and potpourri aromas show excellent precision and a suave, spicy character. Licorice and lavender nuances add complexity to juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, with the wine putting on weight in the glass. Finishes taut and youthfully tangy, with echoing licorice and spice notes.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    This 135-acre estate (all in the famed La Crau) has produced a 2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape composed of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and the rest other authorized varietals (from vines that average 60 years of age). The wine is aged 18 months in foudres and concrete tanks. This classic offering had just been bottled before my visit, so it was probably tighter than it will be in 6-12 months. Deep ruby/purple-colored with notes of garrigue, seaweed, licorice, plums, black cherries and raspberries, it typically reveals a Mediterranean sea breeze-like character that is difficult to articulate. The sweetness of the tannin, full-bodied mouthfeel, and evolved style remind me somewhat of the 1983, which is still drinking beautifully. The 2009 can be consumed now or cellared for two decades.

    92 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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    Cigarman45 (1/25/2014)
    By far, the best of any wine I have tried. The Telegraphe is a flavor-fest, fruity, complex, great finish. Have tried 6 bottles, of various vintages, all have been EXCELLENT. Great alone, with Steaks, or with Italian. Highly recommend this Pape over all the rest.

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