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. 14.5% ABV. Brooding nose of red fruits, garrigue and hot, wet asphalt. Medium body with medium acidity. None of the roasted characteristics often associated with the ’03 vintage. Kirsch, plums, charred meats and cracked black pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. The ’03 VT has always outperformed relative to the vintage. Ready to drink.

My rating: 92 points.

Look for the 2018 and 2019 in the $75-$90 range. I’ve bought both vintages.

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