The world famous Vieux Telegraphe is one of the oldest and greatest estates in Chateauneuf du Pape (CNDP) and in 2005 they made one of their greatest ever wines receiving 95+ points from Robert Parker. Vieux Telegraphe’s 2005 is also priced very favourably against their 1998 vintage, which scored 95 points and trades today at £600, 35% higher than the superior 2005 which offers staggering quality for £390 per case of 12 : £32 a bottle in bond, or £41.40 with duty and VAT. Moreover, when compared to the other leading CNDP estates Vieux Telegraphe again stands out. As such it is undervalued against its equivalent vintages and its peers.
It is hard to dispute that Vieux Telegraphe is one of the greatest wines from the Rhone, or in fact across the entire globe and its rich history matches this. The Brunier family have been producing wines in Chateauneuf du Pape for over 100 years, founded by Hippolyte Brunier the great grandfather of the current guardians. He chose to name the wine after a signal tower built in 1793 by Claude Chappe, who was the inventor of the optical telegraph. The first vintage was made in 1900.
Vieux Telegraphe produces four wines from their 65 hectares; however, the best come from the very old vines in the ‘La Crau’ segment, which is now shown on the label. The best section of which is densely populated with large and small stones known as ‘Galets’ several inches across which retain heat very well and reflect it up onto the vine during both day and night. It is here that their prestige wine Vieux Telegraphe is made from fruit derived from the oldest vines. This great wine evokes the conception of this region’s terroir in its purest form, a combination of the climate and extraordinary terrain and soil, while the vineyard’s high altitude gets full exposure from the sun.
The exceptional Vieux Telegraphe is typically a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. The grapes are hand harvested and moved by gravity flow to the vatting room, where they ferment the incredibly concentrated and ripe fruit and age it in the cuvee for ten months, followed by 12 months in 50-70hl oak ‘foudres’.
In normal vintages the Vieux Telegraphe boats rich and super ripe tannins with exceptional concentration of fruit, precision and power. While young it displays a fabulous fragrance of cassis, blackberries and raspberries, kirsch, sweet cherries, black olives and jam; with aromatics of lavender, liquorice, boysenberries, dried herbs, a beautiful smokiness and deliberate pepper and minerality. The palate never disappoints and with age it takes on flavours of incense, meat, figs, plums and amazingly truffles. The 2005 has all of these flavours in abundance and will develop the wonderful aforementioned tertiary flavours with age, it combines power, complexity and elegance: this is a truly great wine.
Vieux Telegraphe 2005 – Robert Parker 95+ points The 2005 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape, this estate’s strongest vintage since 1998, has put on serious weight since last year. Dense ruby/purple-colored with an exquisite perfume of black raspberries, kirsch, ground pepper, and incense, this full-bodied, powerful, concentrated wine reveals fabulous purity as well as a finish that lasts over 45 seconds. Purchasers of this beauty will need patience. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. To buy this wine please click here to go to our buy page.