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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaines Vieux Télégraphe

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We have secured a special parcel of 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaines Vieux Télégraphe, one of our favourite vintages from this classic domaine.  The stock is ex-Château, so cellared in the best conditions possible and already drinking beautifully.  Scored 97 points by Jeb Dunnuck, he describes it as "classic Vieux Télégraphe all the way that has the balance to drink now."

Named after a telegraph tower on the estate built in 1793 by the inventor of the optical telegraph system, the domaine is on the La Crau plateau.  This terroir is key to the domaine's style, producing highly mineral wines. 

The vines for Vieux Télégraphe average 70 years of age, planted to a mix of 65% Grenache Noir, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, Cinsault, Clairette and 5% a mix of the numerous other vareities permitted in the AOC. 

The grapes are hand-picked, with multiple sortings, both at picking and on the sorting table.  Gentle pressing and selective destemming is followed by 30-40 days’ traditional fermentation in temperature–controlled stainless-steel and wooden vats.  After pressing and fermentation, the wine spends 20-22 months in French oak foudres (60hl). Bottled unfined and unfiltered, it is released after 2 years.

The 2016 growing season in Châteauneuf-du-Pape began with a mild winter and a cool spring.  This was followed by a warm summer with cool nights, allowing aromatic complexity to develop in the fruit.  Despite the elegance and finesse of the wines from this vintage, there is no shortage of power or concentration here and the 2016 will age for at least another two decades.

We have just 10 dozen bottles available to offer, so do please let us know if you would like to add some to your cellar.

 

Domaines Vieux Télégraphe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Producer Profile

Domaines Vieux Télégraphe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

At Vieux Télégraphe, Daniel Brunier and his brother Frédéric have run the family domaine since the late 80s.  We once spent a day with Daniel visiting trade customers in the UK.  His reputation as an intense, intellectual character is well-deserved and we can see how he has brought this to bear in building the domaine into what it is today.   

Named after a telegraph tower on the estate built in 1793 by the inventor of the optical telegraph system, the domaine is on the La Crau plateau.  This terroir is key to the domaine's style, producing highly mineral wines. The vineyards for Vieux Télégraphe itself average 70 years of age, planted to a mix of 65% Grenache Noir, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, Cinsault, Clairette and 5% a mix of the numerous other vareities permitted in the AOC. 

The grapes are hand-picked, with multiple sortings, both at picking and on the sorting table.  Gentle pressing and selective destemming is followed by 30-40 days’ traditional fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel and wooden vats.  After pressing and fermentation, the wine spends 20-22 months in French oak foudres (60hl). Bottled unfined and unfiltered, it is released after 2 years.

RED 2016 2 cases Vieux Télégraphe - Châteauneuf du Pape 75cl £260 per case of 6 Vieux Télégraphe
2016 / 2 cases / 75cl
£260 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Undoubtedly one of the top vintages of this wine, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau features classy notes of crushed stones and black tea to go along with ripe raspberries and black cherries. Full-bodied yet silky, there's more power and richness in La Crau than in Piedlong, yet there's commensurate elegance and finesse. The wine grows in intensity on the finish without ever seeming heavy or overripe, instead offering hints of tea and licorice. 96 points." Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Aug 2018------"Bottled just last week, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers a classic, gorgeous bouquet of black raspberries, currants, violets, salty minerality, nori (seaweed wrapper) and licorice. Full-bodied, pure, incredibly elegant, with fine tannin, and a huge finish, this is classic Vieux Télégraphe all the way that has the balance to drink now. 97 points." Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, August 2018------"Impressive, complex array of wild cherries, raspberries, garrigue herbs, lightly spiced pastry and stony, chalky minerals. Super-fresh florals. The palate has superb texture, roundness, completeness, depth and detail. Powerful yet elegant with powdery tannins and essence-like red fruit. Super-fleshy, supple and dense core, then strong at the edges. Layer upon layer peels away on the finish. Resounding finesse and equilibrium, showing the full potential of the plateau La Crau. 98 points." James Suckling, Aug 2018

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