($47) Full red. Aromas of candied red fruits, gunflint, minerals and pepper. Then subtly sweet in the mouth, with intriguing garrigue notes, moderate stuffing and harmonious acidity. Still a bit youthfully clenched, and a tad dry on the back end, but there's also enticing sweetness and length. (Kermit Lynch, Berkeley, CA)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
Delicate style of Chƒteauneuf, but attractive. Clean, pure fruit, smoke and grilled flavors. It lacks the sheer ripeness of the best '01s, but the raspy tannins should soften when it's served with the right foods. 15,000 cases made.
Drink Dates: 2005-2010
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18
Lovely stuff. Interesting layers of flavour and real depth and brilliance. Long, complex already but no shortage of tannin. Bravo!
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau is gorgeous, structured, impressive. Full-bodied and backward, with great depth, purity, and heady aromatics, this 20,000-case blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and 15% miscellaneous amounts of the other permitted varietals will easily rival the 1998. A deep ruby/purple-tinged color is accompanied by a sweet perfume of salty sea breezes, seaweed, melted licorice, kirsch liqueur, creme de cassis, and iodine ... a classic Vieux-Telegraphe aromatic display. Powerful as well as firmly structured, this is a wine to lay away for 4-5 years. It should prove to be uncommonly long-lived, lasting a minimum of two decades. It gets my nod as the greatest Vieux-Telegraphe since the 1998. The 2002 will probably merit a score in the low-eighties when bottled. Called |Telegraphe,| it represents only 50% of the estate's production, nearly all of it Grenache. It is a surprisingly tasty effort, as is the 2002 white Vieux-Telegraphe, which has been declared. I rated it 89, and it was one of the finest 3 or 4 dry whites I tasted in Chateauneuf du Pape from this vintage.
Threw tons of sediment but this was the wine of the day for me, kir, cassis, sous bois, really focused flavors, tannins are smooth but the structure remains for this wine. This is top quality southern rhone goodness. I think it would still be drinking well for 5 more years before petering out. Well done!