Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2003 Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in the Rhone Valley, was founded in 1898 by Hippolyte Brunier. Located on the highest terrace of the appellation, the domaine was named for an 18th century telegraph relay tower located nearby. Today the 173-acre domaine is run by Daniel and Frederic Brunier, the great grandsons of the founder. Vieux Télégraphe is one of the appellation’s most admired estates. The vineyards are planted to 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault and other grapes.

Light red in color with some definite bricking on the edge. 14.5% ABV. I immediately noticed that the wine does not have any of the prune, raisin characteristics often associated with ’03 CdP’s. It did though show just a touch of heat. Heady aromas of red fruits, garrigue and framboise. Plum, kirsch, raspberry, roasted herbs and orange peel on the palate. Medium body, light acidity and dusty tannins on the finish. This wine completely exceeded my expectations. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 93 points.

I previously wrote about Vieux Télégraphe in 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape: My Recommendations. The ’11 version of this wine is spectacular and still available at retail. Happy hunting!

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