Posted on 26th April 2017 by JN Wine
The Brunier family is without doubt one of the most respected producers in the region. They have been producing wines in Chateauneuf du Pape for over 100 years. Their Vieux Telegraphe estate spans 65 hectares, however, the best wine comes from the very old vines in the ‘La Crau’ plot.
JN Wine has represented Vieux Telegraphe in Ireland for over a decade. Our team are always made welcome at the Domaine and Daniel Brunier is a frequent visitor at our annual tastings.
Daniel describes 2015 as “a superb vintage which once again proves that nothing great can be done hurriedly.” His statement refers to the growing season, saved by the late rains which restored balance to the drought-afflicted grapes. The vinification involved extended macerations which yielded deep tannic structures and reached a seamless integration during the wine’s élevage. We tasted the 2015 recently at the domaine and can concur with Daniel that it showcases La Crau in all its glory. From its pure and explosive young fruit to the wine’s momentous structure, culminating in its trademark stoniness, this is benchmark V.T. and we love it!
Vieux Telegraphe is typically a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. The grapes are hand harvested and moved by gravity flow. The incredibly concentrated and ripe fruit is macerated, fermented and then aged in traditional cement vats for ten months, followed by 12 months in 50-70hl oak ‘foudres’. Vieux Telegraphe on average produces 16,000 cases a year.
Piedlong is a blend of 90% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre. The grapes are hand harvested and moved by gravity flow. Fermented and then matured in traditional cement vats followed by 20 months ageing in oak “foudres”.
“The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is a classic wine from this team that shows the elegance and purity that’s the hallmark of the estate. Crushed flowers, lots of salty minerality, black raspberries and spice flow to a medium to full-bodied, layered Châteauneuf du Pape that needs 4-5 years of cellaring and will drink nicely over the following 10-15 years”. 92-94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
“Chateauneuf du Pape perfectly pitched between richness, freshness, robustness and femininity, velvet and minerality”. 93-95 Points, Jeb Dunnock, The Wine Advocate