($65) Deep, bright red. Explosively perfumed nose offers seductive raspberry, kirsch and floral scents, with a suave mineral underpinning. Extremely fresh, with precise red fruit and floral pastille flavors strongly reminiscent of a broad-shouldered pinot noir. Finishes with outstanding clarity, sweetness and persistence. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, CA)
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
One of the most age-worthy cuvees in the appellation, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe's 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape was gorgeous on this occasion, showing classic iodine, seaweed and peppery herbs intermixed with layers of sweet currant, plum and blackberry fruits. Full-bodied, powerful and ripe, with a still youthful profile, this beauty won't hit full maturity for another 3-4 years, and should hold for a decade or more after that.
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
This is dense and chewy, but not tiring to drink, thanks to fresh acidity and an edgy, gravelly feel that drives the blackberry, currant and sweet spice notes. The long finish has great briary grip, with notes of garrigue and hot stone checking in. 15,830 cases made.
Author: James Molesworth
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Transparent crimson. Lots of ripe fruit and pepper. Cool finish. Very easy to like and complete, though there are the drying tannins of 2009 here too.
Aerated, decanted, poured 2 hrs later. Wonderful spice on the nose: cumin, garrigue, turmeric. Great fruit, great balance, hits all the palate. Layers of licorice, vanilla with a long finish. Love it!
Self | Rating: 92
Decanted for 1 hour. Really nice nice nose, sweet bright fruit, a bit of california pinot even, with a hit of french herbs and earth. Dry gripping tannins right now but they finish sweet and round. Nice fennel, licorice, sweet cherry and strawberry fruit and a bit of tar on the back end. Shows a lot of promise, but I will not open another for 5+ years. 92+