Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Châteauneuf du Pape La Crau 2008

$79.99

SKU 2370

750ml

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92
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89-91
A classic red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, very fine and elegant. The best vintages will age for 25 years and more. 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.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorStill tight, with the core of cherry and red currant fruit held in check by a mix of lightly firm sandalwood, spice, licorice root and warm stone flavors. Mulled fig and cocoa notes check in on the grippy finish. A rare backward style 2008 that will need some cellaring to round into form. Best from 2013 through 2020. 12,200 cases made.

James Molesworth, February 28, 2011
  • wa89-91

Wine AdvocateProduction for the grand vin in 2008 was down by 20-25%, and the 2008 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape appears to be a soft, richly fruity wine revealing lots of raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with notions of nori (the seaweed wrapper found in sushi restaurants), roasted Provencal herbs, and garrigue. This lovely front end-loaded effort will be unusually precocious, so it should be drinkable upon release, and will evolve for 7-10 years.

Robert Parker, October 2009