Vieux Télégraphe is one of the most renowned estates of the Southern Rhône. Vieux Télégraphe is a large estate and there are about 45 hectares of red grapevines planted, with an average age of around 55 years. Blessed with one of the finest locations in the area, the particularly hot microclimate is such that the Bruniers, owners of the estate for almost a century, are able to harvest as much as a week ahead of their neighbours. Vieux Télégraphe’s blend is a typical one, with Grenache accounting for around two thirds, the rest being made up of Syrah and Mourvèdre in roughly equal proportions, and a tiny bit of Cinsault.
The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is the top white of the estate and it won’t be released until this coming January as they like to give this release additional time in bottle. As a general rule, this is sound advice and almost every quality 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc will show better next summer. This 2014 has more tension and minerality than the La Roquete releases, as well as fabulous notes of mulled pears, citrus blossom and peach. Medium to full-bodied, structured, tight and backwards, it needs another year in bottle but is a sensational white that will evolve gracefully for another decade easily. [91-93+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck – October 2015, robertparker.com]