2015 vieux telegraphe, chateauneuf-du-pape, la crau rouge
Why We're Buying
Châteauneuf-du-Pape has been the heart and soul of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe since opening in 1891. La Crau Rouge exhibits a distinctive complexion, thanks to its proximity to the Alpine glaciers. The wine is the perfect partner for a lamb chop dinner and one of the highest-priced wines in the region.
A sunny year, but this isn't as deep in color as some other recent vintages. Distinctly eucalyptus, fresh thyme, rosemary and licorice. It's full-bodied but remarkably cooling and fresh on the palate. Long, with good fruit into the length and a little black tea on the finish. Rounded, spherically shaped. Remarkably good for the vintage, not excessive or overly alcoholic. Ready now, just starting to take on some interest, but the best is yet to come.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The flagship wine, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape, is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah and 5% other permitted varieties. It features delicate floral scents and ample cherry and licorice aromas. Somehow, it manages to be full-bodied and almost creamy in texture but without much weight, then it ends powerfully, with a flourish of rich Mexican chocolate on the long, silky finish. It should drink well for up to 20 years.
This has a lovely, perfumy mix of savory, mint, tobacco, blood orange, cherry and bergamot notes, with finely beaded acidity and silky but ample structure. Long, mineral- and shiso leaf–infused finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.