Vieux Telegraphe - Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Piedlong

96 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
Vieux Telegraphe - Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Piedlong - 2020 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Vieux Telegraphe - Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Piedlong

96 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
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The 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Piedlong is 90% Grenache from the lieu-dit le Pied Long (sometimes written as one word), plus 10% Mourvèdre from Pignan, so sandy soils—in contrast to Vieux Telegraph's preponderance of la Crau's galets roulés. At 50% whole bunches, it's a bit stemmy and herbal but also soaring and gorgeous on the nose, with scents of roses, menthol, cherries and raspberries. Full-bodied but airy in feel and silky in texture, with a long, lingering finish, it looks to be pretty special this vintage.
The 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Piedlong is 90% Grenache from the lieu-dit le Pied Long (sometimes written as one word), plus 10% Mourvèdre from Pignan, so sandy soils—in contrast to Vieux Telegraph's preponderance of la Crau's galets roulés. At 50% whole bunches, it's a bit stemmy and herbal but also soaring and gorgeous on the nose, with scents of roses, menthol, cherries and raspberries. Full-bodied but airy in feel and silky in texture, with a long, lingering finish, it looks to be pretty special this vintage.
Type:
Red
Country:
France
Region:
Rhone
Appellation:
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Producer:
Vieux Telegraphe
Grapes/Blend:
Grenache, Syrah
Pairing Sugesstions:
Lamb, Game Birds, Beef, Venison, Mushrooms, Charcuterie and Cured Meats

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Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe is a renowned wine producer located in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region of France. The estate has a rich history dating back to the 18th century...

Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe is a renowned wine producer located in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region of France. The estate has a rich history dating back to the 18th century when it was established by the Brunier family. The vineyards are situated on the highest point of the appellation, which provides the vines with optimal exposure to the sun and a unique terroir that is rich in limestone and clay.

The estate is known for its traditional winemaking techniques, which have been passed down through generations of the Brunier family. The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted before being fermented in large concrete tanks. The wines are then aged in oak barrels for up to 18 months, depending on the vintage.

Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe produces a range of wines, including red, white, and rosé. The red wines are made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre grapes, which are grown on the estate's oldest vines. The wines are full-bodied and complex, with notes of dark fruit, spice, and earth. The white wines are made from a blend of Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Bourboulenc grapes, which are grown on the estate's highest vineyards. The wines are crisp and refreshing, with notes of citrus and white flowers. The rosé is made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre grapes, which are grown on the estate's sandy soils. The wine is light and fruity, with notes of strawberry and raspberry.

Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe is committed to sustainable viticulture and has implemented a range of practices to reduce its environmental impact. The estate uses natural fertilizers and cover crops to improve soil health and reduce erosion. The vineyards are also managed using integrated pest management techniques, which minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides.

Overall, Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe is a producer of exceptional wines that are highly sought after by wine enthusiasts around the world. The estate's commitment to traditional winemaking techniques and sustainable viticulture has earned it a reputation as one of the finest producers in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region.

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Wine has been produced in the Rhône Valley for over 500 years, with some of its vineyards being amongst the oldest in France. Syrah rules over the south...
Wine has been produced in the Rhône Valley for over 500 years, with some of its vineyards being amongst the oldest in France. Syrah rules over the south with a mix of Mediterranean grapes, while in the north, the two stars are Hermitage – grown on an imposing granite hillside above the town of Tain and best put away in the back of the cellar for a decade – and Côte-Rôtie, a star appellation made famous by Guigal's single-vineyard wines, yet also home to dozens of fine producers as yet less well known. The sheer hillsides overlooking the river have to be terraced to make production possible.

St Joseph and Cornas also provide wines of weight and worth, but the best source for good value is Crozes-Hermitage, a satellite appellation which has come alive in the last few years with the arrival of young blood.

The river valley widens out south of Valence into Côtes du Rhône country on the windy alluvial plains and the lower slopes of the hills. It is a most imposing sight during the cold, clear, blue skies of Mistral conditions. The best of the wine villages of the Côtes du Rhône have been promoted to their own appellations - Vinsobres, Vacqueyras - close in quality to the better known Gigondas.

The king of the southern Rhône is Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Here the galets roulés, rounded rocks from the ancient river bed, provide the context for gloriously rich red wines that are redolent of the heat and herbs of the south, and enhanced by the complexity which comes from blending several grape varieties. Thirteen are permitted in all, but Grenache usually dominates, along with Syrah and Mourvèdre in support. A fine vintage needs eight to 10 years cellaring for best results.

If your taste runs to fuller, richer, relatively exotic white wines, then perhaps a white Hermitage or Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the Rhône Valley would suit better, or else a marvellously perfumed, heady Condrieu - headquarters of the Viognier grape.
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Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a wine appellation located in the southern Rhone Valley of France. The history of this region dates back to the 14th century when Pope Clement V...

Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a wine appellation located in the southern Rhone Valley of France. The history of this region dates back to the 14th century when Pope Clement V moved the papal court from Rome to Avignon. The papacy had a significant influence on the wine production in the region, and it was during this time that the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape were established.

The style of production in Chateauneuf-du-Pape is unique and is characterized by the use of a variety of grape varieties. The appellation allows for up to 18 different grape varieties to be used in the production of its wines. The most commonly used grape varieties are Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. The wines produced in Chateauneuf-du-Pape are known for their complexity, depth, and richness.

The vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape are located on a plateau that is covered with large stones, which help to retain heat and reflect it back onto the vines. This unique terroir, combined with the Mediterranean climate, creates ideal growing conditions for the grapes. The vines are grown using traditional methods, and the grapes are hand-harvested to ensure the highest quality.

The wines produced in Chateauneuf-du-Pape are typically full-bodied and rich, with a deep ruby colour. They are known for their complex aromas of dark fruit, spices, and herbs. The tannins in these wines are firm but well-integrated, providing structure and balance. The wines are aged in oak barrels, which adds a subtle vanilla and spice flavour to the wine.

The most common wine produced in Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the red wine, which accounts for around 95% of the production. The white wine produced in the region is made from a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Clairette grapes. The white wines are typically full-bodied and rich, with flavours of honey, apricot, and citrus.

In conclusion, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a unique wine appellation that produces some of the most complex and rich wines in the world. The combination of the unique terroir, traditional methods of production, and the use of a variety of grape varieties creates wines that are truly exceptional. If you are looking for a wine that is full-bodied, rich, and complex, then Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the perfect choice.

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