2012 Vieux Télégraphe Rouge
Bright ruby. Intense raspberry and cherry aromas arecomplicated by hints of lavender, spicecake and blood orange. Juicy and fruit-driven, with palatecoatingflavors of sweet, spice-tinged red fruits and candied flowers. Quite suave and seamless,boasting striking purity to its red fruit- and mineral-driven finish. Those who decry the ripeness andheady character of most Chateauneufs owe it to themselves to try this wine. 92-94

2011 Vieux Télégraphe Rouge
Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, cherry compote, potpourri and Asian spices on the highly perfumednose. Juicy red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, showing terrific clarity and spicy lift. Thespicy quality comes back strong on the finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins. In agraceful, almost weightless style, with zero excess fat but noteworthy flavor intensity. Iunderestimated this wine last year. 93