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Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape La Crau, 2010

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Producer: Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe
Optimum drinking: 2017-2040
Rating: 97 - Robert Parker
Grape varieties: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Clairette
Winemaker: Daniel Brunier
Appellation: A.O.C. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France
Bottle report: Excellent condition.

Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe is the flagship property of the great Les Vignobles Brunier Rhône dynasty. Situated on a stony terrace on Plateau de La Crau, in the southeast of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieux Telegraphe's vines have to endure tough growing conditions: the soil, the mistral, the cold and the heat, not to mention strict appellation rules that render it unique.

This great estate's cellars are just as special, situated 2km south, at the foot of the plateau in the lieu-dit of Le Pigeoulet - bored into rock and naturally enjoying optimum humidity and temperature in an area that is renowned for its very hot summers. Here, the Brunier family has been making Châteauneuf-du-Pape for over a century - wines heavily influenced by their minrelly terroir – the rampart behind which the family protects each vintage from the onslaught of modernity.

”…one of the all-time great Vieux Telegraphes I have tasted in the last 3+ decades. I believe it is even superior to the 2007, which I had several weeks ago. The 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, boysenberries, black cherries, black currants, nori (the sushi seaweed wrapper), black olives, licorice and pepper. This full-bodied, meaty, thick, juicy effort possesses a boatload of tannin, but it also has incredible concentration. More massive than I remember from last year, it has put on considerable weight and intensity.” Robert Parker

Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape La Crau, 2010