(#20 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2007) 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. 15,000 cases made.
Author: James Molesworth
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92
($55) Dark red. A strong floral quality accents ripe blackberry, kirsch and licorice aromas. Very sweet and impressively suave, with ripe cherry and dark berry flavors nicely framed by supple tannins. Finishes long and juicy, with terrific staying power. (Kermit Lynch, Berkeley, CA)
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
Certainly Vieux Telegraphe has acquitted itself well in these two vintages with the 2004 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape boasting big, smoky, peppery, garrigue notes intermixed with black cherry, licorice, smoke, and sweet currants. The wine is ripe and full-bodied with decent acidity and some mineral notes. Daniel Brunier stated it actually tips the scales at 15% alcohol, which is high for this vintage. It should drink well for 12-15 more years. At the request of Daniel Brunier, all of the estates where he produces wines have been grouped together. There are some changes, several of which I noted last year. The second wine of Vieux Telegraphe has changed its name from Vieux Mas des Papes to Telegramme, and of course there is a major effort underway by Brunier to dramatically increase the quality of La Roquette with the introduction of a new luxury cuvee of about 4,000 bottles made from 100% Grenache from 70-year-old vines planted in a sector of Chateauneuf du Pape known as Les Pialons.
Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Relatively simple bright fruit. Not especially intense on the nose - even a whiff of the cellar - but on the palate there is a lot of quite brutal impact. A bit salty and brusque. Slightly rustic tannins rather than fruit dominate - this is one for pipe smokers. Burly. May become more civilised over the years, but it will need lots of time.
Dark and opaque to the edge of the glass. Fresh ground pepper and jammy fruit on the nose with some earthiness (truffles). Lots of fruit and lots of tannin; and finish that keeps going and going. Forget about drinking for the next 3 - 4 years. Try another after this time and evaluate drinkability
Drink Dates: 2010-2026
Author: Al Patnaude
Self | Rating: 92
Needs1-2 hr decant then still a bit tannic but good rd fruits, Garrigue and spice, not as great as pegau.
Self | Rating: 95
Author: Stephen G41
Self | Rating: 96
Very smooth, love it.nice berry taste, a nice wine to relax with