• Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe La Crau Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015 96

    Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe La Crau Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015

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    96pts James Suckling

    95pts Wine Spectator

    "Extremely elegant and composed. A long draw on the finish. Great depth and drive. This will live super long." ~ James Suckling

    From the renowned and highly accomplished Brunier family, who've been at it for over 100 years, from what many believe to be the grandest cru of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, we have the Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe La Crau Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It's a slam dunk for the special dinner... Decant an hour before enjoying, and savor your first glasses with Marcona almonds. No fuss, just enjoy the beautiful minerality, floral and spice notes, and the structure that binds them all together so perfectly. Our first choice with this iconic red? Well-marbled, bone in rib-eyes, flame-grilled to medium rare, with your favorite sides. A lamb stew which has cooked for hours, with cippoline onions and big chunks of carrots and potatoes will do nicely too. Or, a hearty portabello risotto if you're in the mood for meat free. Wrap it all up with another bottle and a French Reblochon cheese. You'll be glad you did.

    James Suckling: "A wine with playful, attractive character. An array of red, blue and purple fruits. Gently spicy, chalky and fragrant, it has a very supple, fleshy and layered palate with a web of fine, smooth and supple tannins. Extremely elegant and composed. A long draw on the finish. Great depth and drive. This will live super long. Try after 2020." Aug 2017

    Wine Spectator:  "This has a lovely, perfumy mix of savory, mint, tobacco, blood orange, cherry and bergamot notes all mixed together, carried by silky but ample structure before ending with a long, mineral- and shiso leaf-infused finish. Finely beaded acidity lets everything hang wonderfully. This should expand and cruise in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035." Dec 2017

    Trade Notes: "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.

    The AOC for Chateauneuf-du-Pape is in the Rhone Valley stretching from Orange to Avignon. Domaine Vieux Telegraphe was founded in 1895, and takes it name Vieux Telegraphe (Old Telegraph) from a rocky plateau of the Domaine where in 1792 Me. Chappe, the inventor of the optical telegraph, installed a relay tower."

    Bottle
    750ml, cork                                                                               
    Varietal Grenache 65%, Mourvèdre 15%, Syrah 15%, Sinsault, Clairette and sundry others 5%
    Alcohol 
    ~14.0%
    Aging 10 months in cement tank, then another 12 months in foudres
    Region Southern Rhone, France