CDP Vieux Télégraphe, Domaine Daniel Brunier 2010


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Tasting Notes

Performing considerably better than it did prior to bottling, the 2010 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the all-time great Vieux Telegraphes I have tasted in the last 3+ decades. I believe it is even superior to the 2007, which I had several weeks ago. The 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, boysenberries, black cherries, black currants, nori (the sushi seaweed wrapper), black olives, licorice and pepper. This full-bodied, meaty, thick, juicy effort possesses a boatload of tannin, but it also has incredible concentration. More massive than I remember from last year, it has put on considerable weight and intensity. Forget it for 3-4 years, and drink it over the following 25-30 years. Kudos to Daniel and Frederic Brunier!

Score: 97Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (203), November 2012

The 2010 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape is slightly denser with a deep ruby/plum/purple color followed by notes of crushed Provencal herbs, framboise, kirsch, licorice, pepper and nori (the seafood wrapper used in sushi restaurants). Full-bodied with good acidity and a distinct, earthy/underbrush character, it should drink nicely for at least two decades given the longevity of most top vintages of this wine.

Score: 91/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (197), November 2011

Coated with unctuous linzer torte, warm plum sauce and pure cassis fruit flavors, while notes of maduro tobacco, mint, green fig and toasted anise flitter throughout. This is lush and dense, but
well-harnessed through the finish, with a mouthwatering roasted apple wood note and lingering fresh acidity. Best from 2014 through 2030.

Score: 96James Molesworth (Wine Spectator),, September 2012

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