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|Grapes||Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown|
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. The Brunier family, starting with a modest farmer named Hippolyte, has always owned it and they have become one of the most renowned producers in the Southern Rhône. The soil is classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape: 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. Their fruit all comes from a legendary vineyard, Le Crau, which has been studied and proven to be privileged and superior cru. The grapes from the younger vines—still over twenty years old—make up this second label, “Télégramme.” The concept was born after the ill-fated 2002 vintage, when flooding around harvest led the Bruniers to downgrade “La Crau” due to the torrid conditions. The resulting wine, dubbed “Télégramme,” saw significant success, and they began making it yearly, always striving for a more accessible contrast to the earthy, deeply structured style of Vieux Télégraphe. The 2017 is comprised of 80% grenache, 10% syrah, 6% mourvèdre, 4% cinsault, which rests for 10 months in cement tanks and then another 7 in French oak foudres. The elegance and velvety texture make it easy to appreciate in its youth, with rich, generous, red fruit, uncharacteristic freshness, and beautifully integrated tannins. Sustainably grown.