Vieux Telegraphe “La Crau” Chateauneuf-du-Pape (750ml)
Beginning in 1898 with Hippolyte Brunier- a farmer with less than a hectare of land between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Bédarrides on a high-elevation, stony plateau called “La Crau,” the location of this landed prompted the construction of a communication tower in the late 18th century with the purpose of transmitting telegraph messages between Marseille and Paris. Although the land wasn’t thought to be suitable for growing grapes due to its high elevation (susceptible to all rain, hail, too much sunshine, and Mistral) and the fact that most of the plot was covered with galets roulés (rounded stones), Hippolyte made wine anyway and received positive feedback from his peers. With that, he gradually expanded his vineyards to 16 ha, and then to the eventual 70 ha it is today. Owned and operated in tandem with his wife Maguey, they retired in 1988 and left the business to their sons, Daniel and Frédéric, who have worked to expand the winery even more, introducing a new label known as “Télégramme,” utilizing grapes from younger vines.
Floral and cherry fruit on the nose with cedar, spice, licorice and minerals. The palate is tight and focused that opens up with time to stewed fruits and dark chocolate. Pair with a variety of cheese, your favourite red meats, or even game.
Made from 65% Grenache Noir, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, Clairette and other Rhone varietals, the grapes sourced from La Crau, the lieu-dit that is known for the galet roulés, or rounded stones. They’re partially de-stemmed and undergo traditional fermentation between 25-35 days in stainless steel cuve and wood cuves (all temperature-controlled). The wine rests in cement tank for 10 months, and then ages for another 12 months in foudres. Bottled unfiltered, after 22 months of aging.