The Telegramme, a perfect blend of varieties 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre, and 4% Cinsault, created by the Brunier family from the Domaine du “Vieux Telegraphe”.
Domaine du Vieux Telegraph is one of the better known names in Chateauneuf du Pape. The Brunier family has been producing wines in the Southern Rhone Valley for over 100 years. Vieux Telegraph was founded in 1898 by Hippolyte Brunier, the great, grand father of the current owners.
A modest farmer who lived off the land, Hippolyte kept less than a hectare of vines to make his own wines. His small vineyard was at one of the highest points in between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Bédarrides, a stony plateau called “La Crau”. The elevation of this terrain had prompted the construction of a communication tower in the late 18th century to transmit telegraph messages between Marseilles and Paris. Otherwise, the allure of this barren landscape is not immediately discernable—there is nothing but galets roulés, or rounded stones, as far as the eye can see. Up so high, the vineyards are exposed to all kinds of elements—rain, hail, scorching sunshine, and especially the unruly Mistral. This was unwelcome terrain where only the toughest vigneron dare plant, although the notorious mistral works wonderfully to prevent rot.
This french wine is endowed with a dark purple color as well as powerful aromas of blackberries and cherry in association with spice and floral notes. Silky on the palate, with balanced acidity, this elegant wine is a great classic of Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge!
Wild strawberry with herbs, smooth tannins and a soft, short and sweet, fresh, cherry note in the finish.
The Telegramme is made from the estate’s young vines, which are on average close to 40 years of age. The wine is aged in vat and foudres for 15 months. The production is one of the largest in the entire Chateauneuf du Pape appellation at more than 16,000 cases per year.