Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'La Crau' 2020, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 12 x 75cl

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This is a big wine, but almost invitingly approachable already. Produced from vineyards located on the stony plateau of La Crau in the south east of the appellation, where the villages of Bédarrides and Courthézon meet. The vines average 70 years of age and the vineyard is the hottest in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
This is an En Primeur wine and special conditions apply.
Type:
Vintage:
2020
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault, Clairette and sundry others
Genres:
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Body:
Hearty, rustic and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink 2026+
£465.00
 

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vinification

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.

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