Alcohol Grade: 14%
Aging/ Vinification: The grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, then a third sorting in the winery. They are destemmed, followed by 25-30 days’ traditional fermentation in temperature controlled vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 15-16 months in French oak foudres (30-60 hl). Bottled without filtration or fining, released at 18 months.
Aging potential: 10+ years
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
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 in 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.