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 crimson in color with some definite bricking at the edge of the glass. 14.5% ABV. Sensational nose of red fruits, iron, wet pavement and Herbes de Provence. Medium body with exquisite acidity and exceptional balance. No signs of any problematic characteristics often associated with the ’03 vintage. Very traditional and rustic. Kirsch, garrigue, blood and anise on the palate. The finish is long with drying tannins. Tremendous CdP that thoroughly exceeded my expectations. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 95 points.
Recent vintages of this wine can generally be found for $75. Look for the 2016. Hard to go wrong here.