Vieux Telegraphe

Vieux Telegraphe

Vieux Télégraphe is one of the most renowned estates in the Southern Rhône. Blessed with the finest locations in the area on the famed La Crau plateau, there is an emphasis on terroir expression and natural winemaking. The Bruniers, who own the property, started their love affair with La Crau in 1898 and on which they now own 70ha. This plateau – a Grand Cru equivalent in Châteauneuf-du-Pape – is so reputed for several reasons. Firstly, its galets roules (pudding stones) that re-emit the heat of the sun, producing a warm microclimate ideal for even berry ripening. Beneath these lies a subsoil of clay, which counters excess heat by keeping the vines hydrated and cool. Finally, at 120m altitude, it sits higher than surrounding areas. This brings exposure to wind (notably the Mistral), which again keeps the vines cool and free from diseases (and occasionally frost).

In 2021, the domaine was lucky to have been spared the worst of the flash frost that hit the region in April. Pallières was slightly impacted, but Piedlong and La Crau both emerged unscathed. The family did, nonetheless, see a moderate drop in yield due to the rains, with Vieux Télégraphe down by about 30%. Winemaker Daniel Brunier describes the vintage as classic, breaking the long series of “solaire” vintages we’ve seen since 2015. The wines show freshness but the slow and complete ripening brought about by a later-than-usual harvest brought with it concentration of flavours and balance. Daniel believes the wines will produce some wonderful surprises throughout the course of their ageing.

Alongside their Châteauneuf properties, the Brunier family owns Domaine des Pallières in Gigondas – a mixed farming estate set within the Provençal Forest. There they were not impacted by the rains (or indeed frost) in the same way. Daniel is extremely proud of the vintage. He describes the wines as pure, linear, with more moderate levels of alcohol and showing great sophistication and balance. He believes his Racines to be one of the best he has ever made.

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2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2020
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2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2012
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2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2007
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2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2017
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2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2018
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2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2015
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2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2009
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2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2013
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2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2010
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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2016
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2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2019
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2019 Gigondas, Les Racines, Domaine Les Pallières, Vignobles Brunier, Rhône
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2019
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2021 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2021
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2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2006
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2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rhône
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2017
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2016 Gigondas, Les Racines, Domaine Les Pallières, Vignobles Brunier, Rhône
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2016
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14.5% Alcohol
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