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Chateauneuf’s grand cru and the wines of Vieux Telegraphe

There are few names as well-known and respected as Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, a producer with over 100 years of history in the southern Rhône’s most famous appellation, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The Domaine has enjoyed four consecutive stellar vintages in 2016, 2017, 2018 and now 2019 which sits in our cellar. See below for details on this and other very impressive releases from the Brunier family. 

Dear Reader,

The diverse terroir of the plateau known as ”La Crau” in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is widely recognised as the appellation’s ultimate grand cru vineyard site, and where Grenache noir reigns supreme. The Brunier family has been producing wine from parcels here for over 100 years. It all began with Hippolyte Brunier and his vineyard of less than one hectare, planted at one of the highest points in between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Bédarrides, on a stony plateau called ”La Crau”.

This is where the name of the Domaine comes from. The elevation of ”La Crau” prompted the construction of a communication tower in the late 18th century to transmit telegraph messages between Marseille and Paris.

The plateau of ”La Crau” is strewn with galets roulés, or rounded stones, and it’s rather hostile terrain for winegrowers. But Hippolyte worked hard and earned himself a significant consumer following. He gradually increased the size of his holdings to sixteen hectares. Fast-forward to the present day and the Brunier family has done Hippolyte a great honour in preserving the natural treasure that the soils of ”La Crau” possess.

The wines of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe are classic in style, displaying wonderful structure, an edge of rusticity and for the top wines, wonderful cellaring potential. Apart from the flagship ”La Crau” rouge, there is the baby brother ”Telegramme”, a quite brilliant white in the lieu-dit (single site) ”Clos La Roquete”, another lieu-dit wine in the red named ”Piedlong” and then from two other southern Rhône appellations, a sumptuous red for every day enjoyment in the form of Le Pigeoulet from Vaucluse, and from the family Gigondas estate Les Pallières, the red ”Les Racines”. 

Please see below for all of the wines available today, starting with the mixed six-bottle red Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019 vintage case.

Vieux Télégraphe 2019 six-bottle case
R 5,235 per six-bottle case

Vieux Télégraphe | Châteauneuf-du-Pape ”La Crau” 2019 rouge | x 3 bottles

95 pts. | Josh Raynolds for Vinous
96+ points 
| Joe Czerwinski for Wine Advocate

Vieux Télégraphe | Châteauneuf-du-Pape ”Telegramme” 2019 rouge | x 3 bottles

93 pts. | Josh Raynolds for Vinous
92 points
 | Joe Czerwinski for Wine Advocate

Châteauneuf-du-Pape ''Piedlong'' 2019
R 795 per bottle

The wine is a blend of mostly 70-year-old Grenache noir sourced from the ”Piedlong” plateau, and about 10% 50-year-old Mourvèdre which grows in the Pignan lieu-dit, east of ”Piedlong”.

Vieux Télégraphe | Châteauneuf-du-Pape ”Piedlong” 2019 rouge 

93 pts. | Josh Raynolds for Vinous
95 points | Joe Czerwinski for Wine Advocate

Châteauneuf-du-Pape ''Clos la Roquète'' 2020
R 795 per bottle

Produced from the ”La Roquète” lieu-dit, this white is a blend of one-third each Roussanne, Clairette and Grenache blanc.

Vieux Télégraphe | Châteauneuf-du-Pape ”Clos la Roquète ” 2020 blanc

93 pts. | Josh Raynolds for Vinous
95 points | Joe Czerwinski for Wine Advocate

Gigondas ''Les Racines'' rouge 2018
R 575 per bottle

Produced at a separate estate, Domaine Les Pallières, in the appellation of Gigondas, from parcels within the lieu-dit of Les Pallières, the wine ”Les Racines” is a blend of 80% Grenache noir, 15% Syrah and Cinsault (co-planted) and 5% Clairette.

Les Pallières | Gigondas ”Les Racines” 2018 rouge

95-97 points | Joe Czerwinski for Wine Advocate

Le Pigeoulet Vaucluse 2020
R 255 per bottle

Classified as a ”Vin de Pays”, from the appellation of Vaucluse, this red blend of 55% Grenache noir, 15% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 8% Cinsault and 7% Mourvèdre comes from 30-year-old vines and is perfect for everyday enjoyment, with or without food.

Le Pigeoulet | Vaucluse ”Vin de Pays” 2020 rouge

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