2000 Vieux-Telegraphe - Chateauneuf du Pape (La Crau) 750ml

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend
2000 Vieux-Telegraphe - Chateauneuf du Pape (La Crau)
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International Wine Cellar | 90

($45) Medium red-ruby. Warm, inviting aromas of smoky red fruits, tobacco and black pepper. Bright and gripping on entry, then juicy and brisk in the middle, with slightly medicinal red fruit, mineral and tobacco flavors and somewhat clenched tannins. A restrained Chateauneuf that's currently hiding its flesh. But has a classic structure for aging. (Kermit Lynch, Berkeley, CA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 106

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Wine Advocate | 91

The elegant 2000 Vieux Telegraphe La Crau possesses 14.8% alcohol, along with a deep ruby/purple color, charming, rich, fruitiness, and firm tannin in the finish. With loads of freshness, copious quantities of pepper, seaweed, and black fruit characteristics, and a distinctive minerality, this full-bodied, sweet 2000 requires 2-3 years of cellaring; it should age well for 15-16 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 145

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Score: 80
Author: will1408
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/28/2012
Drink Dates: 2012
still dark/concentrated color, but primary fruit/acid/tannin weak. strong secondary fruit and spice, especially licorice.
Score: 88
Author: Anthony Hotmail
Trust Rating: 76
Tasted On: 05/01/2009
Drink Dates: 2005-2010
Score: 90
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation A traditional, more rustic expression of the 2000 vintage that won'twin any fans over for charm and grace, but certainly has merit in its own right. Classical scents of cedar, tree bark, dried cumin, pepper and blackberry reduction are abundant, if a bit caustic. The profile in the mouth follows in a bloody, slightly chewy fashion, but most of the more abrasive textures this wine must have had in its youth have certainly mellowed w/ time. Although it isn'tmy favorite style of Chateauneuf, I'm certainly glad that it exists and I would be remiss to not encourage wines like Clos du Mon Olivet and Vieux Telegraphe to continue fashioning juice of this nature as they are distinctive, and certainly at the apogee of their respective forms.
Score: 85
Author: Stefan N
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/30/2007
Drink Dates: 2005-2010
Intense and flavorful, but not very charming or balanced. This is a masculine, muscular and firm wine, medium-bodied and dark-colored, with lots of black fruit, cedar and tobacco box notes. Turns very chewy and tough on the finish, but with time it might soften. Best from 2005 through 2010.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Vieux-Telegraphe - Chateauneuf du Pape (La Crau):

2010 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)
1999 (750ml)

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