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Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du pape 2009 and 1995


I had dinner on FRI evening with friends at Veranda Casa Frumoasa and had the chance to enjoy this young Chateauneuf du pape. The location looks elegant and service is sharp. The food was all right, but beef could be better considering the prices, the wine list is rather good but I believe it loses points (and business for sure) by not having any Romanian wines listed. For a FRI evening the location was rather empty as, excluding our table, there were only 2 persons present at another table. And that’s how it remained for the entire evening.

We had several dishes for dinner but the one that stood out and made an impression was goose liver on waffle with red currant and two types of sauces. The goose liver on waffle was an unexpected but sensational combination that can be rated as a 10.


With food we had the young 2009 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du pape that already has the attributes to become a great wine with more aging. I am a big fan of this wine from this reliable producer that makes excellent wines every vintage. It is one of the few sure things in Chateauneuf du pape.

2009 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du pape

The wine was decanted for about 20 minutes and then poured in larger volume in our glasses were we left it to aerate more for another 30 minutes. The color is deep red garnet. The nose is developed, not very expressive at the moment, but it scores big on the palate. Full bodied, well structured and so smooth and silky for such a young Chateauneuf du pape, good balance between power and elegance, fresh, with superb red and black fruits flavors on the palate, Indian spices, roasted herbs and a discreet touch of bacon. Long finish, smooth, fresh and, believe or not, overall such an elegant wine. This wine has typically 14% alcohol, but this one bears the mark of the ripe 2009 vintage, showing 14.5% alcohol, pure flavors and perfectly ripe tannins. It has a great aging potential and it can last 15-20 years easily. (92-93/100)

Just before last Christmas I had an older version of this wine that did not make it on the blog until now. It is a 1995 Vieux Telegraphe, a wine I know and I had also about 2 years ago. I believe the 1995 Vieux Telegraphe has the power to convert people into wine lovers.


1995 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du pape

Plenty of sediment in this wine. I uncorked it and left it to aerate in the bottle for almost 2 hours, taking small sips at various time intervals.

The color is a saturated ruby red with no signs of aging. The nose is well developed, youthful and maturing, showing great complexity and serious depth. The aromatic profile is still dominated by primary aromas of red fruits in different stages of ripeness and red fruits preserves that have superb purity, Indian spices and, the only signs of a certain early maturity, a leathery aroma. In the mouth this wine is a symphony: smooth and silky, perfectly blended tannins, fresh ripe red fruits: red currants, raspberries, strawberries, spices, a bit of game, and each of this aroma comes in front of the stage in phases just like the acts and actors of a play as the wine aerates. There is a sense of absolute balance, with all components in the right places. Long finish, smooth and in the perfect drinking window. There is no problem holding it further, but if you are looking for the perfect drink at a very affordable price, this is your wine. (95/100)

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  1. January 28, 2013 at 16:13

    Foie gras with chateauneuf? Was that a good pairing?

    • January 28, 2013 at 16:28

      well Stefan technically speaking that was not foie gras. It was just simply fresh goose liver fried. But yes indeed the red Chateauneuf du pape was not a good choice, nevertheless we ordered this wine for the steak. While we had the goose liver and other appetizers, the VT was resting in the decanter.

      • January 28, 2013 at 16:38

        Do you mean it was regular goose liver rather than fattened goose liver?

      • January 28, 2013 at 16:39

        that’s precisely so.

      • January 28, 2013 at 16:45

        Is it a bit like foie gras or not at all? I’ve never had the unfattened type 😉

  2. January 28, 2013 at 16:16

    Unfortunately, 1995 La Crau is not available for sale 😦 at least I can’t find it

    • January 28, 2013 at 16:29

      perhaps I can assist you with that. where could I send you an email with some info ?

      • January 28, 2013 at 16:38

        Thanks. Zaanbrug at gmail

    • January 28, 2013 at 17:07

      i sent you an email. please let me know if you did not get it.

  3. January 28, 2013 at 16:52

    in Romania it’s very easy to buy whole geese or ducks on the country side that live freely on people’s courtyards and fed with corn or any type of staples that people cultivate on their land. You may say it is 100% bio dynamic. I grew up with this type of products, so we are used to eat often fresh goose or duck liver. The texture is smoother and the taste is purer with less fat.

    If you want to experience simple life with natural food, Romania is a great location to travel and also totally inexpensive especially on the country side. You might consider spending a few days of vacation in Romania this summer. I can give you some links with accommodation if you want to get any idea of costs and conditions. You are probably going to come back more after.

    The Romanian wines are also interesting to taste and there are some really nice wineries that you can visit and taste their wines.

  1. February 10, 2013 at 14:48

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