93. From the difficult 2011 vintage, Vieux Télégraphe is fine success i’d say, with massive structure and ultra-ripe and concentrated black berry fruit. This is still yers away from prime enjoyment, but within 4-6 years this should make for a compelling bottle, one of the better wines from the vintage. One would have to chalk up its character to Vieux Télégraphe’s old vines and exceptional terroir, able to handle heat stress, drought and generally erratic weather better that most.
93. This is a very even, balanced and complex Châteauneuf. Not profound or texturally massive (as is the case with 2011s), but it is harmonious and focused and very complex. It was a lighter path to maturity. Lifted precise aromas of strawberry-cherry jam, fresh sage, woodsy and peppery aromas mingle ever so nicely. It’s medium-full, with a sense of freshness and poise. The length is excellent to outstanding. Evolving faily quickly, so enjoy over the next five years.
Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, cherry compote, potpourri and Asian spices on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, showing terrific clarity and spicy lift. The spicy quality comes back strong on the finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins. In a graceful, almost weightless style, with zero excess fat but noteworthy flavor intensity. I underestimated this wine last year. 93
Forward and up-front, especially by this cuvee-s standards, the 2011 Vieux Telegraphe (65% Grenache from 70-year-old vines, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and the balance other permitted varieties) exhibits perfumed aromas of herbs de Provence, seaweed wrapper, garrigue and olive to go with plenty of sweet kirsch and berry fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh and elegant, with fine tannin, it can be consumed now (with a decant) or cellared for a decade. Drink now-2025. 92 pts
Deep ruby. Expressive, powerful aromas of blackberry and cherry are brightened by suave floral and spice notes. Lush and creamy, with sappy dark berry flavors, silky tannins and a gentle lift of acidity. Picks up seductive Asian spice notes with air, finishing sweet and very long. 90-92
Cité dans ‘les grandes réussites’ de Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Parfums de fruit très mûr et de réglisse ; bouche puissante et veloutée, à la finale bien construite;