Vieux Telegraphe 2018
At the moment, I’d put 2015 and 2018 in the ‘great’ category and would rate 2016 and 2017 as ‘very good’. JOE CZERWINSKI, The Wine Advocate
..2018 looks to be another blockbuster vintage, and it’s difficult to find another similar string of great vintages in the past. It’s a great time to be a Rhone lover! JEB DUNNUCK
It’s no surprise that so many producers with whom I visited call 2018 a marriage of the richness of 2017 to the energy of 2016, an assessment with which I concur. My early bet is that the ’18s will outlast their 2017 siblings thanks to their balance and relative freshness, although I also think they’ll drink well on the young side, based on those same attributes. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous.com
Good, solid Beaumes-de-Venise is a great thing. A unique and rustic Vacqueyras? Fantastic. But a Vieux Télégraphe from the famed La Crau plateau…that’s about as good as it gets. It’s in a league of its own: noble, soulful, absolutely elegant. ’Nuff said. CHRIS SANTINI, The Auxey Collective
As I mentioned in our first round of Chateauneuf du Pape offers, 2018 looks to have produced another string of stellar wines in the Southern Rhone, pairing some of that fleshy, upfront generosity from 2017 with an elegance freshness reminiscent of the excellent 2016 vintage.
There were some challenging conditions for growers, with a serious bout of mildew drastically reducing yields, but top estates with blue chip terroirs, particularly those with some altitude, have produced beautifully perfumed wines with mouth filling, generous red fruits and silky, supple textures.
Today, for our second 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape instalment, we are once again thrilled to offer you the wines from Vieux Telegraphe, one of the most celebrated estates in the Southern Rhone. From their ‘Grand Cru’ holdings on the famed La Crau plateau, the Brunier Family produces incredibly deep, powerful and age-worthy wines that beautifully echo this wild, rugged terroir that is littered with large stones and sits exposed to the summer sun and strong mistral winds.
Today, we have three wines on offer. The 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, which Jeb Dunnuck calls “One of my favorite whites from the south of France”. The 2018 Telegramme Chateauneuf du Pape, a wonderfully silky and supple wine made from predominately younger wines from Le Crau along with older vine fruit from their other holdings. This is a wine that has really grown in quality in recent vintages and Jeb Dunnuck calls the 2018 an “unquestionably an outstanding wine”.
The final wine is of course the iconic flagship Chateauneuf du Pape crafted from the best quality fruit from the older vines on La Crau. You might remember I mentioned how site and altitude played a particularly important role in the quality of Chatueaneuf in 2018, and it is here that the Brunier’s exemplary holdings high up in the south-east corner of the appellation really step into their own.
The consensus is that is an elegant offering from Vieux Telegraph that delivers finesse and power in equal measure. Joe Czerwinski frames it as ” full-bodied…silky and airy in texture yet flavorful and tremendously long on the finish”, James Suckling was equally impressed calling it “fleshy, round, rich and smooth-honed palate that has such completeness already” and Jeb Dunnuck pins it down to simply “polished and seamless”. If pedigree is to play a part in 2018 then Vieux Telegraphe are undoubtedly a ‘must buy’ producer of the vintage.