2012 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1211934 94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rock-solid, with a hefty core of fig, blackberry and black cherry fruit, wrapped in chestnut and tobacco leaf notes and carrying through a lavender- and tar-framed finish. Dense and grippy, showing a slightly old-school shading. Should cellar well. (JM) Inner quote mark (11/2014)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Brilliantly coloured, transparent. A little grilled note to the cherry, berry fruits with a salty, savoury finish. Medium-bodied, fresh, long and all very harmonious. Still needs another year or two to fully open out, but it's enjoyable already. A very well-balanced vintage, if not endlessly deep like the 2016, sturdy but not stiff, just a little austere. (MW) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Lastly, the flagship 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is a classically structured, elegant effort that will evolve gracefully on its balance and harmony. Showing the telltale seaweed, currants, olive, licorice and ample minerality so common in this cuvee, it’s medium to full-bodied, lightly textured and focused on the palate, with plenty of tannin. (JD) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes spicy dark berries and potpourri, with zesty mineral and incense qualities adding complexity. Pliant boysenberry and candied lavender flavors are impressively fresh and focused, with a hint of licorice adding depth. Closes sweet, supple and broad, with resonating spiciness and gentle tannins that add shape and grip. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Crimson. Very sweet start and rich, candified. Lots of power and structure with masses of sweet fruit in the middle. Just this side of porty but hugely satisfying. 17/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

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