Chateauneuf Du Pape Vieux Télégraphe 'La Crau' 2000
"Domaine Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape 2000: A strong hue of maturity here, matt oxblood tones cutting through the deep red pigment. The nose is also mature, a combination of slightly sweaty roasted fruits, a little barnyard and baked liquorice. The storage for this bottle has been beyond question, first a respected retailer than a cellar with favourable temperatures. The palate has good substance and holds onto its sweet slightly grainy tannins, although there is a slightly raw and youthful side to it. Good fruit, showing a mature and open style, and in the mix a good but slightly disjointed acidity. It is only the finish where there is any real concern, showing here a more tertiary character, meaty and mature. It is five years since I tasted this; it has certainly moved on during that time. From a 2000 Southern Rhône tasting. 17.5+/20" Chris Kissack The Wine Doctor http://www.thewinedoctor.com
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe does indeed derive its name from an old telegraph station, one which was once sited on the hill where this Châteauneuf domaine now stands.
The Vieux Télégraphe vineyards are unusual in that they lie in a single block, on the La Crau plateau, today covering an area of 70 hectares. The ground is covered by the galets roules, the large rounded stones which originated in the Alps to the east, and were transported down to lower lands by the action of floodwaters. They are classically associated with the vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape, although they can also be found in other areas across the south of France. Beneath these stones there is a more organic soil, up to 1.5 metres deep, a molasse deposited here during the Miocene era, and then deeper again there is a red clay. The vines average an impressive 50 years of age, with a significant proportion old enough to draw their pension at 65 years.