2013 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $58.94 (reg. $74.94)
Casual fans and avid collectors of Chateauneuf du Pape should both take note today as we’ve secured the iconic Vieux Telegraphe for a rarely seen price of just under 60 bucks. “A consistent source for fabulous wines” per Robert Parker, Vieux Telegraphe is a benchmark for traditionally made Chateauneuf with serious cellar potential, and this cool-vintage 2013 Chateauneuf is a must have for lovers of the more elegant, terroir-driven side of these delightful wines.
The success of Vieux Telegraphe over the years has come down to one thing, terroir. Over a century ago V.T. secured an absolutely stunning stretch of vines from the appellation's unofficial grand cru, La Crau. A rocky plateau at the highest point in the region, La Crau’s inaccessible terrain makes it tough to farm, but the resulting wine is endlessly rewarding.
Hand harvested and sustainably farmed, this cuvee is aged for 22 months in tank and foudres and bottled unfiltered. Described as “one of the most age-worthy cuvees in the appellation..." (Dunnuck), the Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf features 65% Grenache, 15% each of Syrah and Mourvedre, and other permitted varieties. The high-altitude terroir and broad assemblage make for a complex, shifting personality; per Vinous, the “highly expressive bouquet evokes ripe red berries, potpourri and peppery spices, and a smoky mineral nuance.”
This is a rarely seen deal for one of the most historic wines of Chateauneuf du Pape. Ageworthy, complex, and super-finessed, this is a must have for any Rhone lover’s cellar. Cheers!