1990 Vieux-Telegraphe - Chateauneuf du Pape (La Crau) 750ml

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend   |     Watch

WS 89   WA 89   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Thick, chewy and full-bodied, with juniper, cedar and dried currant flavors. A muscular and focused Rhône, with an intriguing flavor profile, but too tough to warm up to at this young age. Everything is in balance, though, so it's a good bet to cellar until at least 1997.

Drink Dates: 1997+

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

The 1990 is somewhat loosely knit, and lacks the inner density found in top vintages. Fully mature, it reveals notes of dried herbs, tapenade, new saddle leather, licorice, iodine, and jammy black cherry fruit. Although the aromatics and attack are impressive, the finish is abrupt.

Drink Dates: 2003-2008
Author: Robert Parker

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 97
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/23/2009
Drink Dates: 2006-2014
Ultimately complex wine. This one taught us just how important bottle age is to the great Ch d Papes. The nose continued to put forth novel flavors and characteristics with each sniff - matchbox, smoke, must, tobacco, thyme, cooked meat (I saw these integrate into something like 'burnt village' - oy). Stewed fruit showed itself in the palate along with the presence of musty bog. The tannins were supple and the acid/alcohol balance led to a long finish. Good wine, drink now or in a few.

Average rating: 89, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

152 bottles owned by 55 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Rhone Blend

"Rhone blends" are typically red wines comprised of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre in varying proportions. However, the red blends may also include any of the traditional varieties grown in the Rhone Valley such as the 14 allowed in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. There are also Rhone blend roses which use the same varieties as their red counterparts. White Rhone blends are typically some combination of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache blanc, and lesser varieties.

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