Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Châteauneuf du Pape La Crau 2010

$94.99

SKU 2369

750ml

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Grapes are hand-picked, with stringent double sorting at the vine. Gentle pressing and selective destemming, followed by 25-35 days' traditional fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel and wooden vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic malolactic fermentation. Maturation in vats for the first 10 months, then in foudres (50-70hl) for 12 months. Bottled unfiltered at about 22 months. A classic red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, very fine and elegant. The best vintages will age for 25 years and more.
Category Red Wine
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Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe
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Wine AdvocatePerforming considerably better than it did prior to bottling, the 2010 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the all-time great Vieux Telegraphes I have tasted in the last 3+ decades. I believe it is even superior to the 2007, which I had several weeks ago. The 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, boysenberries, black cherries, black currants, nori (the sushi seaweed wrapper), black olives, licorice and pepper. This full-bodied, meaty, thick, juicy effort possesses a boatload of tannin, but it also has incredible concentration. More massive than I remember from last year, it has put on considerable weight and intensity. Forget it for 3-4 years, and drink it over the following 25-30 years. Kudos to Daniel and Frederic Brunier!

Robert Parker, October 2012
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Wine SpectatorCoated with unctuous linzer torte, warm plum sauce and pure cassis fruit flavors, while notes of maduro tobacco, mint, green fig and toasted anise flitter throughout. This is lush and dense, but well-harnessed through the finish, with a mouthwatering roasted apple wood note and lingering fresh acidity. Best from 2014 through 2030. 4,200 cases imported.

James Molesworth, November 15, 2012