Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateReviewer, Robert Parker - The Hedonist's Gazette -The stars were the Domaine du Pegau and Beaucastel, but the 1998 Vieux Telegraphe is finally coming out of its cloak of tannin and beginning to strut its stuff, although a few more years of aging will be beneficial. -Dinner at Lotus of Siam. - June 2009.
Wine EnthusiastA big, rich wine with huge amounts of fruit oozing out of the glass. Great concentration and intensity, with licorice flavors from the Mourvdre, finishing with chewy tannins. A great year for this wine, which should age well for 15 to 20 years.
Wine SpectatorVery youthful, with a juicy blast of red plum and fig fruit flavors on a racy frame, this also has plenty of spice, tar, plum cake and mineral in reserve, as the finish shows more structure and slowly darkens with time in the glass. Only just starting to hit its stride.--1998 Chateauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2027.