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Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘La Crau’ 2009

£50.00


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Daniel Brunier’s Vieux Télégraphe estate  is one of the most important in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, itself the most renowned area of the Southern Rhône.

La Crau itself is a barren, stony plateau, with nothing but galets roulés, or rounded stones, as far as the eye can see. The high elevation of this terrain prompted the construction of a communication tower in the late 18th century to transmit telegraph messages between Marseille and Paris- hence the name.

The 2009 vintage is exceptional, thanks to perfect weather – a cold winter, a cleansing Mistral and gentle rain, which was followed by a hot August and ideal harvest conditions.

Daniel ranks this vintage as comparable to his great 1990 and 1998, and superior to his excellent 2007 in it’s ripeness and depth of colour and fruit.

Grape-wise, it varies slightly from the usual, with a touch more Mourvèdre in the blend along with Grenache (which makes up roughly two-thirds), Syrah, Cinsault and a little Clairette.

This classic wine has superb aging potential.

David spent a day with Daniel a little while ago and was lucky enough to not only sample a few vintages in his cellars but also to enjoy an older vintage over lunch in a private dining room in a converted castle in the middle of La Crau.   It’s not all fun and games you know!

 

 

 

 

Size

75cl

ABV

14.5%

Grape Variety

Cinsault, Clariette, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah (Shiraz)

Region

Rhone

Country

France

ABV

14.5%

Size

75cl

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