Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape "La Crau" 2018, Southern Rhone, France

Vieux Télégraphe is from the celebrated plateau called La Crau, a particularly favored site at Châteauneuf-du-Pape that gives this red its characteristic minerality, as if the wine had been filtered over the huge, round stones (galets roules) left over from the melting of the alpine glaciers when the Rhone Valley was formed. The vines in this area average 60 years of age. The wines 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. The final blend of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau includes 60% to 65% Grenache, 15% each Mourvèdre and Syrah, with the remainder Cinsault. Boasting complex scents of roses, black tea, raspberries and cherries on the nose, it follows that up with a full-bodied palate that’s silky and airy in texture yet flavorful and tremendously long on the finish. The vineyards are sustainably farmed, grapes are hand-harvested, are partially de-stemmed,and are pressed gently by pneumatic press. Traditional fermentation between 25-35 days in stainless steel and wood cures (all temperature-controlled). systematic malolactic fermentation. Wine rests in cuves for 10 months and then another 12 months in foudres. Wine is bottled unfiltered, after 22 months of aging.