Vieux Telegraphe / Chateauneuf du Pape 2017 / 750mL
Grapes: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, and Clairette
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Wine Spectator 95 points - Ripe and rich, but focused, with verbena, bitter almond and wet stone notes threading through the core of creamed yellow apple, pear and melon flavors. Very long, with a gorgeous salted butter echo. Drink now through 2020. 2,100 cases made. -JM.December/2017
The AOC for Châteauneuf-du-Pape is in the Rhône Valley stretching from Orange to Avignon. Domaine Vieux Télégraphe was founded in 1895, and takes its name Vieux Télégraphe (Old Telegraph) from a rocky plateau of the Domaine where in 1792 Mr. Chappe, the inventor of the optical telegraph, installed a relay tower. Total acreage: 125 acres of red vines, located on the Plateaux des Crau, on the southeast side of the appellation at an altitude of 360 feet. The vines used for the production of white Vieux Télégraphe are planted on the same soil and sub-soil. Soil: The soil is covered by large round stones, galets roules, then a layer 3 to 5 feet deep of sandy limestone on top of a deep layer of red clay.