2006 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1043363 94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark One of the more youthful wines in the retrospective, the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau from the Brunier brothers is a head-turner. Possessing the ever present seaweed/nori character that I almost always find in this cuvee, it has a beautiful core of currants, crushed rocks, tapenade and licorice-like aromas and flavors. Made from 65% Grenache, 15% each of Mourvèdre and Syrah, and the balance Cinsault--all from the famed La Crau lieu-dit--this is as traditional and classic Chateauneuf du Pape as you can get. (JD) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault that's aged in tank and foudres, the 2006 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau possesses a high toned, bright nose of wild raspberries, hot stones, licorice, roasted herbs and garrigue notes. Seemingly disjointed at first, this comes together nicely with air and is medium to full bodied with a rich, savory texture, impressive balance and long finish. Inner quote mark (1/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A very grippy style, with lots of sweet tapenade, tobacco, hot stone and braised chestnut notes weaving through a core of dark currant and fig fruit. There's a nice twinge of lavender on the structured finish. For the cellar. (JM) Inner quote mark (11/2008)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Vivid red. Impressively complex bouquet of raspberry, dried cherry, garrigue and flowers. Exotic apricot and floral honey notes come up with air and carry onto the palate, which shows sweet red fruit flavors, a smoky quality and a velvety texture. This very elegant wine is already putting on a seductive show. Finishes smooth, juicy and very long. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2009)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Ripe fruit, redcurrants, blackberries, spicy to finish and a soft tannic feel. A gentle giant. 17/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (9/2010)

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