Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Crau 2017, Southern Rhône, France

One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as La Crau for over one hundred years. The wines of Vieux Télégraphe evoke the concept of terroir in its purest form: they reflect their dramatic climate, the rough terrain that defines the soil, their full sun exposure at a higher altitude, the typicity of the varietals with an emphasis on Grenache, and of course, the influence of their caretakers, the Brunier family. 2017 vintage – 40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Bourboulenc, 15% Roussanne. Vine age – 40 years. Soil type – Alluvial deposits, limestone, silica, and molasse (red clay) with galets roulés. Grapes sourced from La Crau, the lieu-dit that is known for the galet roulés, or rounded stones, that cover the vineyard as far as the eye can see. Fermentation begins in cement tank. Halfway through fermentation, the wine is transferred to oak (barriques, demi-muids, and foudres). Aged in wood (barriques, demi-muids, and foudres); 10-15% new oak. 70% of wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. Bottled after one year.

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