Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe
Chateauneuf du Pape 2014
Rhone Valley, France
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 Craufor 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.
"Bright ruby. Ripe cherry and raspberry on the perfumed nose gain lift and spice from a peppery quality. Juicy and smooth on the palate, offering gently sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors and a hint of succulent herbs. Shows good energy on the supple finish, which is framed by fine-grained tannins and lifted by tangy acidity." "90 points" Josh Raynolds, Vinous April 2016.