We are pleased to release Vieux Telegraphe, one of the best priced leading wines in the world, for £175 per case of six. The 2015 vintage in the Rhone is already considered the best since 2010, although it is said to be stylistically more powerful. In fact, Chateauneuf du Pape received more sunshine in 2015 than in 2010 and 2011. Jebb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate has already described it as an ‘exceptional vintage’. He describes Vieux Telegraphe 2015 as ‘a classic wine from this team that shows the elegance and purity that’s the hallmark of the estate.’ He has awarded it 92-94 points and considering the high quality of the vintage it is sure to receive 94 points once he re-tastes it. The highest scoring vintage in the last ten years, the 2010, was marked up from 91-94 to 97 from bottle and now trades at £275 per 6x75cl. It is hard to dispute that Vieux Telegraphe is one of the greatest wines from the Rhone, or in fact across the entire globe. As such, £29 a bottle en primeur is an incredible price to pay for a great wine that can age for two decades.

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’ plot, which is now shown on the label. The best section 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 vines 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 cement for ten months, followed by 12 months in 50-70hl oak ‘foudres’. Vieux Telegraphe on average produces 16,000 cases a year.

Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape 2015, 6×75 – £175 IB – 92-94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is a classic wine from this team that shows the elegance and purity that’s the hallmark of the estate. Crushed flowers, lots of salty minerality, black raspberries and spice flow to a medium to full-bodied, layered Châteauneuf du Pape that needs 4-5 years of cellaring and will drink nicely over the following 10-15 years. 

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