Vieux Telegraphe La Crau Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017

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95-96pts 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: "Immediately a sense of darker fruit in this vintage. Some stony, chalky elements, as well as dried violets and roses. Very compelling, fleshy palate with powerful black fruit and plums and thick, but smooth tannins that will carry it in the cellar. Barrel sample." Aug 2018 

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 M. 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                                          
Original Price $99.99
Current Price $87.97

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