Vieux Telegraphe 2004 WBW 19

Imagine my astonishment yesterday at the Kermit Lynch portoflio tasting when I couldn’t find Table 14. Thirteen? Check. Fifteen? Check. But where was Daniel Brunier with his Vieux Telegraphe at Table 14?

It turns out that he had been moved to the next room. Phew. So in the spirit of Jathan’s Wine Blogging Wednesday #19 entitled “when in Rhone” I post a couple of notes from these incredible Chateauneuf du Papes.

The 2004 red barrel sample is tannic (especially compared to the 2003, which is more approachable) but not the yeowza tannins that many Bordeaux barrel samples have. It has a serious tannin level that says “keep me in the cellar for a couple of decades.” But along with the tannins were the rich and complex notes common to the region’s red blends, yummy dark fruits, leather, beef drippings, and faint herbs. It fills the mouth and lingers long afterward. I later learned that it is available as a future for $43.50 a bottle, which seems to be a extremely reasonable price for a serious wine. (try to find this wine)

Another pleasure was the white CDP 2004 especially since it can be hard to find white CDP. The wine is refreshing, with aromas of white peach, flowers and perfume, minerality on the palate and an intense, lingering finish. It’s a blend of 40% clairette, 30% grenache blanc, and 15% each roussanne and bourboulenc. (find this wine)

When in Rhone…I drink Rhone! (at least this time around)

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2 Responses to “Vieux Telegraphe 2004 WBW 19”

  1. Dr. Vino – It was great to read about your post on Kermit Lynch’s portfolio tasting. I had an opportunity to sit down with him and record two podcasts where he read a few passages from his book, and I had a chance to ask him about wine and his recent CD ‘Quicksand Blues’ (we even played a track on our podcast!) You can check it out on our podcast – ‘A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle’


    The Guy

  2. Thanks Guy.

    Also, jathan has posted the WBW roundup already–what speed!


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