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Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Châteauneuf du Pape La Crau 2016

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Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Châteauneuf du Pape La Crau 2016

SKU 3327


A classic red Châteauneuf du Pape, very fine and elegant. The best vintages will age for 25 years and more.
Category Red Wine
Region France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe
  • js98

James Suckling Impressive, complex array of wild cherries, raspberries, garrigue herbs, lightly spiced pastry and stony, chalky minerals. Super-fresh florals. The palate has superb texture, roundness, completeness, depth and detail. Powerful yet elegant with powdery tannins and essence-like red fruit. Super-fleshy, supple and dense core, then strong at the edges. Layer upon layer peels away on the finish. Resounding finesse and equilibrium, showing the full potential of the plateau La Crau. Drink or hold.

July 2018
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Jeb DunnuckThe 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape offers a classic, gorgeous bouquet of black raspberries, currants, violets, salty minerality, nori (seaweed wrapper) and licorice. Full-bodied, pure, incredibly elegant, with fine tannin, and a huge finish, this is classic Vieux Telegraphe all the way that has the balance to drink now.

August 2018
  • wa96

Wine AdvocateUndoubtedly one of the top vintages of this wine, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau features classy notes of crushed stones and black tea to go along with ripe raspberries and black cherries. Full-bodied yet silky, there's more power and richness in La Crau than in Piedlong, yet there's commensurate elegance and finesse. The wine grows in intensity on the finish without ever seeming heavy or overripe, instead offering hints of tea and licorice. Drink Dates: 2018-2035.

Joe Czerwinski, August 31, 2018
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VinousLurid ruby-red. Potent, mineral-accented Chambord, cherry compote and licorice aromas are complicated by suave lavender and Asian spice qualities. Seamless, round and alluringly sweet, offering lush red and blue fruit preserve and floral pastille flavors and a hint of five-spice powder. Finishes sappy, sweet and extremely long, featuring velvety tannins and resonating florality. (JR)

Josh Raynolds, July 2018
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Decanter Lifted raspberry, raspberry leaf, strawberry and violet, with some herbal hints of sage. It has that strawberry character so distinctive of Vieux Telegraphe. It has juicy, sweet fruit, very fine tannins and raspberry acidity. The alcohol is fairly high, but it’s otherwise well balanced.

December 2017