2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateauneuf-du-Pape (750ml)

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2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape

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# FRVTCP09AE
Country: France
Region: Rhône
Sub-Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Grape Varietal: Grenache
Review Score: 94WS, 93V, 92WA

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This is crammed with fruit, spice and structure, as braised fig, plum skin, cassis and anise notes wrestle with roasted apple wood, melted red licorice and tar for now. The embedded grip should carry the finish until this assimilates fully. Best from 2014 through 2024.

94 points, Wine Spectator (2011)

Bright ruby.  Intense red fruit and potpourri aromas show excellent precision and a suave, spicy character.  Licorice and lavender nuances add complexity to juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, with the wine putting on weight in the glass.  Finishes taut and youthfully tangy, with echoing licorice and spice notes.

93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan 2012)

This 135-acre estate (all in the famed La Crau) has produced a 2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape composed of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and the rest other authorized varietals (from vines that average 60 years of age). The wine is aged 18 months in foudres and concrete tanks. This classic offering had just been bottled before my visit, so it was probably tighter than it will be in 6-12 months. Deep ruby/purple-colored with notes of garrigue, seaweed, licorice, plums, black cherries and raspberries, it typically reveals a Mediterranean sea breeze-like character that is difficult to articulate. The sweetness of the tannin, full-bodied mouthfeel, and evolved style remind me somewhat of the 1983, which is still drinking beautifully. The 2009 can be consumed now or cellared for two decades.

92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2011)

The wines of Vieux Telegraphe are classics, displaying strength, rusticity, earthiness, and tremendous longevity. One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the Southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as “La Crau” for over one hundred years. The wines of Vieux Télégraphe evoke the concept of terroir in its purest form: they reflect their dramatic climate, the rough terrain that defines the soil, their full sun exposure at a higher altitude, the typicity of the varietals with an emphasis on Grenache, and of course, the influence of their caretakers, the  Brunier family. For many, La Crau is Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s grandest cru.

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant