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Le Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape "La Crau" Rouge 2015
- Great Domaines
- The Wine Advocate
- Vinous media
all ratings out of 100 points.
"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." - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah and 5% other
2017 - 2035
2nd, 3rd, 4th fill barriques for 12 months
Vineyards & vinification:
Made from grapes grown sustainably with an average age of 20-25 years old. Bottled without filtration.
The Brunier family has for over a century been making red and white Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines that are heavily influenced by their terroir. Also the owners of Châteauneuf-du-Pape domaine La Roquete and Les Pallieres in Gigondas, Le Vieux Télégraphe is the domaine they call home.
From their first vintage in 1900 by founder Hippolyte Brunier, their wines have evolved over time, gaining in balance and refinement. The estate has also grown in that time, now with 65 hectares of vineyard under the ownership and care of Hippolyte’s great-grandsons, Daniel and Frédéric.
Named after an old radio signal tower, their name translates to “old telegraph.” Only four wines are produced: red and white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, their flagship, and red and white Le Télégramme, their second label.
Winemaking is kept very traditional, from the varieties grown to the techniques in the cellar and the way wines are matured. After harvest, all bunches are de-stemmed, except where de-stemming might break the skins of the grape or otherwise damage the grapes. Fermentation takes place in traditional 100 hectolitre wooden vats. The grapes are fermented together, regardless of vine age - except for vines below 25 years, which are fermented and matured separately. Once fermentation has completed, the wine is transferred to concrete vats for a period of nine months, before spending 12 months in large and used 70 hectolitre vats.
Their flagship, largely Grenache, with Mouvedre, Cinsaut and Syrah, is grown on the legendary Les Crau, a vineyard littered with the trademark stones (galets) that reflect the heat back up into the vines. This is arguably the most famous plot in all of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Once bottled, you will find ripe, concentrated and juicy wines, that gain a delightful complexity with age. Le Vieux Télégraphe is one of the most high profile Châteauneuf-du-Pape addresses.