Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

1999 Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in the Rhone Valley, was founded in 1898 by Hippolyte Brunier. Located on the highest terrace of the appellation, the domaine was named for an 18th century telegraph relay tower located nearby. Today the 173-acre domaine is run by Daniel and Frederic Brunier, the great grandsons of the founder. Vieux Télégraphe is one of the appellation’s most admired estates. The vineyards are planted to 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault and other grapes.

Light red in color and throwing a touch of sediment. 14% ABV. Red fruits, kirsch and anise on the nose. Light body and medium acidity. Old school Chateauneuf flavors of iron, iodine, plums, garrigue and herbes de Provence. Lots of grip on a medium length finish. Drink over the next year or two. Super showing for VT from an average vintage in CdP.

My rating: 92 points.

I previously wrote about Vieux Télégraphe in 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape: My Recommendations. The ’11 version of this wine is spectacular and still available at retail for about $60 per bottle. Happy hunting!

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1 thought on “1999 Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

  1. Love when an older CdP is showing notes of iron, iodine and herbs. My favorites and what I look for in traditional CdP for sure!

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