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  • A classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape, very fine and elegant
  • Harmonious, self-assured and complex
  • 2015 is a great vintage for Chateauneuf du Pape
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Dark Red
Nose Aromatics of forest floor, black tea and ripe plum.
Palate The palate has bright sweet, berry flavours with some minerality. Great length and balance suggests this is one for the future.
Food Pairing Fillet steak with, or without a truffle sauce.
Cellaring 10-15 Years
Notes 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and 5% other varities - From the fine La Crau vineyard in the Bédarrides commune from vines averaging 60 years old.
Variety Grenache Blend
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe
Taken from Jeb Dunnuck article for Wine Advocate: 'Located in the southeastern part of Chateauneuf du Pape and located mainly on the prime La Crau plateau, this classic and traditional estate has been run by the Brunier family for generations. Now managed by brothers Daniel and Frederic, the estate continues to churn out a range of high class wines. In addition to their holdings in Chateauneuf du Pape (Vieux Telegraphe, La Roquete, and now Piedlong, which is a new wine replacing the red from La Roquete) they also make wines in Gigondas (Les Pallieres, Vin de Pays and Ventoux). All of the wines are high quality'
Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the largest AOC in the Southern Rhone and the oldest AOC in France is an historic village between Orange and Avignon in the southern Rhone Valley. It is renowned for producing gloriously rich red wines, reminiscent of the heat and herbs of the south.



Vineyards are typified by the large round 'galet' stones which assist in reflecting sun onto the untrained bush vines. The climate in CNDP is the driest of all Rhone appellations, a Mediterranean climate in which the dryness is accentuated by the wineries not being permitted (in all but extreme conditions) to irrigate their vines.



The wines have a depth of complexity which comes from blending several of the 14 permitted grape varieties. The varieties are: Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Teret Noir, Muscadin, Picpoul Noir, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, Picpoul Gris and Picardin. With red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache is generally the dominant varietal with Syrah and Mourvèdre in support. The white wines in the region are made from Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Picardin and represent barely a tenth of total production.
96
points
James Suckling
A wine with playful, attractive character. An array of red, blue and purple fruits. Gently spicy, chalky and fragrant, it has a very supple, fleshy and layered palate with a web of fine, smooth and supple tannins. Extremely elegant and composed. A long draw on the finish. Great depth and drive. This will live super long.
95
points
Wine Spectator
This has a lovely, perfumy mix of savory, mint, tobacco, blood orange, cherry and bergamot notes all mixed together, carried by silky but ample structure before ending with a long, mineral- and shiso leaf—infused finish. Finely beaded acidity lets everything hang wonderfully. This should expand and cruise in the cellar.

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