Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape (La Crau) Blanc 2020
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 100 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, and the Brunier family influence.
Creamy and rich, with a distinct oak character. The fresh bouquet is floral rather than fruity, with honeysuckle, acacia and a touch of zesty citrus. The palate focuses more on citrus and stone fruit, with flavours of lemon and grapefruit, crisp apple, honeyed quince and a touch of oak. Complex and balanced, with a creamily smooth mouthfeel.
Comprises a blend of 40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Bourboulenc and 15% Roussanne. Sourced from a 6 hectare vineyard in the stony Plateau de la Crau, in the south-east of the appellation, where the villages of Bédarrides, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Couthézon meet. The vines have an average age of 45 years. Grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, then a third sorting in the winery. They first go through pneumatic pressing, then static settling. Fermented and matured in barriques, demi-muids and 30 hl foudres. Bottled after a year of ageing.
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There’s lots to like here, with bright honeysuckle, acacia and star fruit notes leading off, followed quickly by richer yellow apple, lemon curd and verbena flavors. A subtle shortbread accent caresses the finish, where a stony hint ripples in the background. Drink now through 2024.”