2004 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
*Top 100 Wines of 2007, Highly Recommended* Pure and silky, with raspberry, cocoa, truffle and mineral notes that glide along the fresh acidity. The long, silky finish lets the fruit and minerality hang nicely, with garrigue in the background. Should blossom in the cellar. Best from 2008 through 2025.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Certainly Vieux Telegraphe has acquitted itself well in these two vintages with the 2004 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape boasting big, smoky, peppery, garrigue notes intermixed with black cherry, licorice, smoke, and sweet currants. The wine is ripe and full-bodied with decent acidity and some mineral notes. Daniel Brunier stated it actually tips the scales at 15% alcohol, which is high for this vintage. It should drink well for 12-15 more years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. A strong floral quality accents ripe blackberry, kirsch and licorice aromas. Very sweet and impressively suave, with ripe cherry and dark berry flavors nicely framed by supple tannins. Finishes long and juicy, with terrific staying power.
Very rich and subtle - like a refreshing cup of tea. Tannins nicely rounded - lovely balance. Bit of alcohol on the finish but a great texture. And some freshness.