Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
Vieux Télégraphe is one of the most renowned estates of the Southern Rhône. The large Domain has about 45 hectares of red grapevines planted, with an average age of around 55 years. Blessed with one of the finest locations in the area, the particularly hot microclimate is such that the Brunier Family, owners of the estate for almost a century, are able to harvest as much as a week ahead of their neighbours.
The colour is dark blood red/purple. The bouquet is immediate, full and inviting, with notes of crushed black fruits, Myrtle, cherry and a dusting of sweet spice, with a savoury note of Garrigue and roasted herbs. The palate is full, spicy and layered with jammy red and black fruits, warm earth, spice and a powerful black pepper note that holds the sweet fruit in check. The tannins are plush, almost sensual, and the wine holds its poise and balance incredibly well. It is a big wine, but almost invitingly approachable now, typical of the high Grenache content, and the finish is incredibly long.
The grapes are handpicked, sorted and partially destemmed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks for between 25 - 35 days. After nine months in concrete tanks, the wine is then aged for 10 months in 60hl oak foudres. The wine is is then bottled, without filtration, after 20 months.