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1995 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #998911 95 points Wine Spectator

 Rugged and juicy at the same time, with hickory-smoked game, dried blood orange, briar, black currant, bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavors. This offers the classic profile of Châteauneuf, with complexity and length bred by world-class terroir. (JM)  (3/2006)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 In complete contrast to the sweet fruited, easy drinking 1999 Clos des Papes was the masculine and slightly austere 1995 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau. This is still young and fresh with a blackberry, leather, licorice, river rock and hot tar scented bouquet and a concentrated, medium bodied palate. Really gorgeous with pure flavors, solid structure and a long finish, this just started to open up on the second day.  (2/2009)

91 points John Gilman

 The 1995 Vieux Telegraphe is excellent, and is everything I expected to find with this sampling of 1995s. The bouquet is deep and complex, offering up notes of black raspberry, coffee, herb tones, woodsmoke, venison and ground pepper. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and well-balanced, with lovely pepperiness and game tones, excellent focus and delineation, and a long, complex and ripely tannic finish of quite impressive acidity. This is good juice that is just now beginning to drink really well, but is clearly still on its way up. (Drink between 2005-2020)  (1/2006)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The deep ruby/purple-colored 1995 exhibits a sweet perfume of licorice, iodine, seaweed, black cherries, and plums. Dense, medium to full-bodied, well-structured, and muscular, it will be at its peak between 2004-2015. (RP)  (1/2003)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape