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Back-Vintage Chateauneuf Collection - Sabon, Vieux Telegraphe, Pegau Laurence - 04/01/2017 - Rhone Valley

What better way to celebrate a terrific exchange rate then to acquire some aged examples of some of Chateauneuf's elite producers at tremendous prices? You'll find exactly that in the stunning selection below of wines that are rarely available on the market these days, much less with this kind of quantity, provenance, and pricing.

Starting with the esteemed Vieux Telegraphe from 2007, it is an elusive wine in any vintage and one that most collectors hold in the highest regard. Sabon's Prestige is truly rare with exclusive availability with a recent 96-point upgrade that Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate advises to follow for the next decade-plus in last year's review. 2005's Cuvee Laurence from Pegau is the second-highest rated version of this wine to date for Wine Advocate, while Wine Spectator has it a point off the top of a great vintage. It is also exceedingly rare these days.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2005 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $59.99 View
2007 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $79.99 View
2005 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Laurence" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $129.99 View

2005 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige is a blockbuster that competes with the top wines in the vintage! Loaded with notes of ripe blackberry-like fruit, roasted meats, olive tapenade and truffle, this puppy hits the palate with full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannin, and a seamless, downright sexy texture that keeps you coming back for another drink. Gorgeous now, enjoy it anytime over the coming decade or more. (JD)" (02/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very silky and focused, with a beam of dark fig and plum fruit layered with cocoa, spice and mineral notes. Seems forward at first glance, but there's solid grip that should help this age nicely and allow the extra incense and black tea notes to develop fully. Drink now through 2025. (JM)" (11/2007)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Explosively perfumed aromas of vivid, mineral-dominated redcurrant, strawberry and tangy blood orange; smells like Burgundy. Tangy red fruit flavors offer impressive clarity and flavor impact, with no excess weight. Fresh, precise and persistent on the strikingly sweet, clinging finish. (JR)" (01/2008)

2007 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Vieux Telegraphe may be the greatest wine made at this property since the 2005 and 1998. Dense ruby/purple-tinged with an exquisite nose of salty sea breezes, licorice, ground pepper, jammy black cherries, black currants, figs, and plums, this is a full-bodied, rich, Provencal-styled offering with lots of sweet, ripe tannin. It is surprisingly accessible for a Vieux Telegraphe (this wine normally shuts down several years after bottling), but it should have great longevity (25+ years) given its power, full-bodied mouthfeel, and enormous length and richness. This is a brilliant effort from brothers Frederic and Daniel Brunier. (RP)" (10/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator: " *Highly Recommended, Ranked #3 in Top 100 Wines of 2009* Packed, in a brawny, muscular style atypical for this lush vintage, with a gravelly undertow to the currant paste, braised fig and dark licorice notes. Picks up even more steam on the finish, with grilled mesquite, mineral and garrigue notes and a long, hot stone-filled finish. (JM)" (12/2009)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby. Highly pungent bouquet offers black fruit compote, olive and floral qualities, along with a slightly high-toned quality that recedes with air. The palate-coating, deeply concentrated cassis and blackberry flavors display a slow-mounting spiciness. Pretty powerful for a wine from this estate, showing more heft and dark fruit character than usual. The finish is broad, velvety and impressively persistent. Long-time fans of this property's usually elegant style might not be over the moon for this wine's virility. (JR)" (01/2010)

2005 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Laurence" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($129.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence is terrific, and is certainly the finest release since the 98 and 01. The same blend as the classic cuvee (85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and other varieties), it spent a full 48 months in old foudre prior to bottling. Gorgeously complex, with soaring garrigue, saddle leather, beef blood, iron and distinct minerality, this beauty is full-bodied, rich and layered on the palate, with a massive amount of fruit and tannin. Intense, Provencal, layered and decadent, enjoy this beauty over the coming 10-15 years." (02/2015)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This old-school version shows the dense, grippy profile of the vintage, with a great tannic backbone running through the mulled black currant, maduro tobacco, brick and roasted chestnut flavors, all enveloped by lush spice, bacon and espresso notes. All muscle now, but has the seamless balance to cellar for its full potential. Best from 2014 through 2030." (06/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Scents of raspberry, cherry, herbs and dried flowers, plus a hint of black olive. Juicy, finely etched red fruit and anise flavors become spicier with air and pick up a note of white pepper. Finishes with outstanding clarity and impressive thrust, echoing the sweet red fruit notes. Paul Feraud emphasized that the objective in making this wine has always been to provide a bottle that's ready to drink on release." (01/2010)