Posted 5 years ago by Kurt Winegardner
One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the Southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as “La Crau” for over one hundred years. The wines of Vieux Télégraphe evoke the concept of terroir in its purest form: they reflect their dramatic climate, the rough terrain that defines the soil, their full sun exposure at a higher altitude, the typicity of the varietals with an emphasis on Grenache, and of course, the influence of their caretakers, the Brunier family. For many, La Crau is Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s grandest cru.
Here’s what our blogger Katherine had to say:
Vieux Telegraphe Blanc 2011 from Southern Rhone France is a deliciously luscious wine with blazing white stone minerality. It is spicy, with white pepper, and hints of cumin, that warms to peach stone and pale nectarine. I was surprised to find a white Chateauneuf du Pape, and couldn’t resist tasting it. Although this is a white wine, it’s not overly fruity or bitingly citrus. I would recommend this wine with light French fare, and perhaps a spring salad. Suggested Retail: $65.00