Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, "Télégramme”, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, 2018 through Merchant of Wine.

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, "Télégramme”, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, 2018

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Overview of the Wine
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. For many, La Crau is Châteauneuf-du-Pape's grandest cru.

Télégramme, the so-called second wine of Vieux Télégraphe, could in some ways be called the first: while your bottle of VT is aging in the cellar, its tannins relaxing and its earthy structure developing, your bottle of Télégramme, with all its youthful vim and vigor, is ready to be opened now.

Winemaker: Frédéric & Daniel Brunier

Grape / Blend
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsault

Origin
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
It offers a fresh and floral nose, a silky, elegant palate, and such perfect balance that it doesn’t even need a food pairing. The Chateauneuf-du-Pape Telegramme is seriously dominated by Grenache, which confers very singular suppleness and roundness.

92 Points - James Suckling
This has a lot of red fruit, a lot of personality and a lot of brambly aromas with spicy nuances, too. The palate has a very smooth build and a deep, plum and red-fruit core, framed in long, noble and rich, ripe tannins. The immediate fleshy appeal is high. Wait for the rest. Try from 2022.
Range: 92-93

90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The quality of the entry-level cuvée from this estate has soared over the past decade and the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Télégramme is unquestionably an outstanding wine. Revealing a deep ruby/purple color as well as Provençal notes of spiced blue fruits, ground pepper, garrigue, and violets, it has medium to full-bodied richness, plenty of mid-palate depth (which can be lacking in a number of 2018s), notable balance, and just a delicious, Provençal, ready to go style. It’s ideal for enjoying anytime over the coming 7-8 years.

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The final blend from tank of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Telegramme boasts delicate, floral aromas and hints of strawberries and raspberries. It's full-bodied but silky and tender, very charming, with decent length. I haven't been a huge fan of this cuvée in the past, but this is pretty darn good.
Range: 90-92

90 Points - Wine & Spirits
VT’s second wine, blended from fruit that doesn’t make it into its La Crau bottling, this also includes grapes from other lieux-dits. The 2018 feels fresh and sunny, with juicy acidity energizing its herbal cherry fruit.

Product size: 750ml

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