The AOC for Châteauneuf-du-Pape is in the Rhône Valley stretching from Orange to Avignon. Domaine Vieux Télégraphe was founded in 1895, and takes its name Vieux Télégraphe (Old Telegraph) from a rocky plateau of the Domaine where in 1792 Mr. Chappe, the inventor of the optical telegraph, installed a relay tower. Total acreage: 125 acres of red vines, located on the Plateaux des Crau, on the southeast side of the appellation at an altitude of 360 feet. The vines used for the production of white Vieux Télégraphe are planted on the same soil and sub-soil. Soil: The soil is covered by large round stones, galets roules, then a layer 3 to 5 feet deep of sandy limestone on top of a deep layer of red clay.
Grape Varieties : 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre and 4% Cinsault.
Vinifiaction : grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, then a third sorting in the winery. They are destemmed, followed by 25-30 days’ traditional fermentation in temperaturecontrolled vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic
92 rating Jeb Dunnuck
“Bottled in April (which is always earlier than the other two Châteauneuf-du-Papes from this estate), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Télégramme has real depth and richness as well as terrific notes of black raspberries, crushed rocks, salty, licorice, pepper, crushed flowers, and toasted spices. Medium to full-bodied, balanced, with plenty of tannins hiding under its fruit, it’s an ideal wine for readers looking to see a hint of the style of this estate. It will keep for over a decade as well.
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe is one of the old-guard estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and the Brunier brothers continue to make a very classic, age-worthy, and uncompromising style of wine that requires bottle age. The estate is in the eastern portion of the appellation and has a whopping 150 acres of prime terroir, almost all located in the famed La Crau lieu-dit, which is one of the warmer, earlier terroirs in the region.”