Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Region: Southern Rhône
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Clairette
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe has been run by the Brunier family for five generations, and since 1891. The estate’s vineyards are situated on the famous “Plateau de la Crau”, the stony terrace where there is nothing but “galets roulés”, or rounded stones, as far as the eye can see. This special terroir imparts a highly distinctive minerality to the wines.
The flagship Vieux Télégraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape is made from predominantly three grape varieties, 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre plus 5% Cinsault and Clairette. Aged for 20 months in foudre before bottling without fining or filtration, it has tremendous concentration and intensity with flavours of dark cherry and the garrigue overlaid with the unique Vieux Télégraphe mineral profile. The 2015 is already drinking beautifully (especially with several hours decant) but will age another 20 years or more.