Domaine du Vieux Telegraph Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine

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Domaine du Vieux Telegraph, Chateauneuf du Pape , Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes , wine ratings , a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images . If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Domaine du Vieux Telegraph is one of the better known names in Chateauneuf du Pape. The Brunier family has been producing wines in the Southern Rhone Valley for over 100 years. Vieux Telegraph was founded in 1898 by Hippolyte Brunier, the great, grand father of the current owners. They chose the name Vieux Telegraph from an aging signal tower built in 1792 by Claude Chappe. Chappe is the inventor of the optical telegraph, so it’s a very fitting name. The first vintage to be produced and bottled at Vieux Telegraph was the 1900.

Domaine du Vieux Telegraph owns 60.5 hectares of vines located in Chateauneuf du Pape. One of the largest land holders in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, they use 54 hectares for the production of red wine. 6.5 hectares are used to to grow white wine grapes . The best parts of the Vieux Telegraph vineyards are situated in the La Crau sector, with its terroir of very rocky soils. In fact, the surface of the vineyard is made from pure rocks and stones. It’s amazing to see!

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The best vintages of Domaine du Vieux Telegraph are: 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1990, 1989 and 1978.

Domaine du Vieux Telegraph produces 2 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 2 Chateauneuf du Pape white wines.

Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe is the flagship wine of Les Vignobles Brunier. Vieux Telegraph is always produced from the estates oldest vines. Vieux Telegraph comes from fruit planted in La Crau with a terroir that is littered with nothing but various, large and small rocks and stones in the soil. The vineyard is one of the largest on the contiguous parcels in the La Crau lieu-dit. Vieux Telegraph is usually a blend of 65% Grenache , 15% Mourvedre , 10% Cinsault and 10% Syrah .

The production of Vieux Telegraph remains traditional. The grapes are destemmed in the majority of cases, which comes out to being close to 60% or more of the harvest the majority of the time. One consideration they are concerned with is, if destemming could break the skins. If the skins are fragile, that impacts the amount of destemming they would perform that vintage.The grapes are hand harvested and moved by gravity flow into the vatting room for fermentation where young and old vines are separated and placed into short, 100 hectoliter, oak barrels for maceration and fermentation. While fruit younger than 25 years is fermented separately from older vines, all the varietals are fermented in the same vats. Next, the wine is moved into concrete vats for 9 months before their being aged in 70 hectoliter foudres. The production of Vieux Telegraph is one of the largest in the entire Chateauneuf du Pape appellation at more than 16,000 cases per year

Le Telegramme is a blend of 90% Grenache with 10% Mourvedre. Le Telegramme is made predominantly from the estate’s youngest vines, which are on average close to 40 years of age. The wine is aged in vat and foudres for 15 months before bottling. Prior to the 2002 vintage, Le Telegramme was named Vieux Mas de Papes.

Domaine du Vieux Telegraph Blanc is made from a blend of 40% Clairette , 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Roussanne and 15% Bourboulenc . The wine is aged in a combination of foudres, demi muids and new, French oak barrels for 9 months. The production is close to 2,000 cases per year.

Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Le Telegramme Blanc is produced for the American market. The wine is a blend of 40% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 20% Bourboulenc and 10% Picpoul . The wine is aged in tank for 7 months. The production is limited to about 350 cases per year.

The Brunier family also own another vineyard in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, la Roquete , which produces “Piedlong”. In addition, Domaine Vieux Telegraph has vines in the Gigondas appellation where they own Domaine les Pallieres in a partnership with Kermit Lynch, the well-known American importer. Les Pallieres makes 2 wines, les Racines, which comes from their oldest vines and Terraces de Diable, which is produced from vines located on the limestone terraces in the appellation. Their Le Vieux Telegraph Pigeoulet de Brunier is a Vin de Pays that comes from unclassified vines in the Vaucluse appellation and is made with both red wine grapes and white wine grape varieties. In the Cotes du Ventoux they produce Vieux Telegraph Megaphone.

The industrious Brunier family also makes wine in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon with Massaya.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Really strong for the vintage, there is wealth of black raspberries, herbs and kirsch, paired with silky smooth textures and a fresh, sweet, peppery, kirsch finish. Produced from a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.

      92 points - Tasted
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  2. 2013 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Télégramme

    1. Wild strawberry with herbs, smooth tannins and a soft, short and sweet, fresh, cherry note in the finish. The wine was made using a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 4% Cinsault.

      87 points - Tasted
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  3. 2012 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Medium/full bodied, fresh, bright, lively wine which is still young and a little tight. With air, and effort, the kirsch, black raspberry, tapenade, thyme and garrigue began to develop and show itself. This needs a few more years in the bottle.

      91 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. With ripe, juicy, red plum, black raspberry, pepper, earth and green olive notes, this full bodied, concentrated, beefy Southern Rhone has a lot to offer. With time, when the tannins soften and the wine evolves, this should offer a much better tasting experience.

      93 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Youthful, medium bodied, fresh, dominated by its cherry and garrigue nose, the wine is well made, but it lacks that extra special something that really carries through.

      90 points - Tasted
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  6. 2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Dark ripe berries, cherry, jam and spicy aromatics open to a lush, forward styled Chateauneuf du Pape with the structure to age and ample, soft, ripe, red fruits that make it fun to drink today.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Tight and hard to get a handle on, with air and intense swirling, spicy black cherry aromatics could be found, Medium bodied and bright, the strawberry filled finish felt light and short. This is not a bad wine. It just lacked excitement.

      90 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Concentrated, tannic and structured, this classic styled wine has a core of fresh, peppery, red berries, earth and herbs. A few more years should help the wine develop more nuances.

      91 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Strong wine here, with ample ripe dark red fruits, spice, garrigue, jam and kirsch. The wine is rich, round and full bodied, leaving with a finish packed with fresh red and black cherries.

      93 points - Tasted
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  9. 2001 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Strawberry, kirsch and earth, rustic and peppery, full bodied and structured, this can be drunk now or held for potential further development.

      90 points - Tasted
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  10. 1998 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Dark ruby color with earthy, tar, jammy black fruit and fresh cracked pepper scents. Concentrated, dense but without any special reason to like the wine. At the end of the day, it was dull.

      85 points - Tasted
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  11. 1995 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Medium weight, simple and boring.

      84 points - Tasted
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  12. 1993 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Based on the vintage, this fully mature Chateauneuf du Pape is showing much better than expected. Medium bodied, and lacking the intensity of a great vintage, the red berries are fresh, clean feminine. This is not a wine to hold.

      88 points - Tasted
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  13. 1988 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Vegetative aromas with green pepper, herbs, mushrooms and white pepper scents. Full bodied with a slightly chalky bitter finish. Some fruit, but mostly disappointing.

      83 points - Tasted
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  14. 1978 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Filled with fresh cracked pepper, gariggue, kirsch, herbes, fennel and black raspberries with a melange of spice, this rich, full bodied, charmingly, rustic, spice filled wine ends with a long, fresh, powerful, pure, cherry liqueur finish. This fully mature Chateauneuf du Pape remains a sublime tasting experience for lovers of old Chateauneuf du Pape. Believe it or not, this has at least another decade of life to look forward to. This is best vintage of Vieux Telegraph I’ve ever tasted! It's almost impossible to fathom how young this wine was showing after more than 3 decades of aging.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. From the color, aromatics and taste , I would have thought this wine was at least 10 years younger. The perfume blended garrigue with dark cherries, pepper and earth. The finish was long, clean and pure. While the wine did not improve with air, it remained at the same level for 2 hours. This might be one of the best 78 Chateauneuf du Papes available today.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. Birckish ruby color. Notes of spice, cinnamon, pepper, jammy blackberries, cherries, raspberries and herbs. Full bodied, silky entry. Very Burgundian in style. Soft, elegant plummy fruit on the palate. Continued improving in the glass. Wow, what a treat! Steve Levin purchased this on release for $6.00

      95 points - Tasted
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