The Vieux Télégraphe estate has been operated by the Brunier family, for six generations, exactly since 1891. The vineyard, with an average age of 60 years, is located on the famous Crau plateau, the Mecca of the viticulture of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This terroir marks their wines with a very particular minerality, as if they had been filtered through the thick layer of rolled pebbles, left on the spot when the Alpine glaciers melted, long before the Rhône Valley formed.
When young, the “Terrasse du Diable” cuvée has the minerality, freshness and sometimes overbearing tannins of high-lying terroirs. The best vintages can age for more than 20 years.
Tasted prior to its July bottling, the 2016 Gigondas Terrasse du Diable is an outstanding effort. Fine garrigue nuances and piney scents bring depth and complexity to the ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit. Full-bodied, silky, long and elegant, with lingering thyme and savory notes on the finish, it shouldn’t be missed. [92-94 Points, Joe Czerwinski – August 2018, robertparker.com]