Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieux Télégraphe 'La Crau' 2008
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.
Robert Parker 89 (2008) - Wine Advocate # 191 Oct 2010, Reviewer Robert Parker - The Brunier brothers have turned out a very fine 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape (what they call a -vintage of freshness-). This classic effort possesses more stuffing than most of its peers. It reveals this estate-s tell-tale notes of earthy garrigue, herbs, liquorice and seaweed, a medium to full-bodied mouth feel, soft tannins and more depth than many 2008s. Nevertheless, it will not be a long-ager so readers are encouraged to drink it over the next 5-7 years.
Jancis Robinson 17.5 (2008) - Tasted Sept 2010 - Baked black fruits, liquorice, tart tannins and spices. All the fleshy, weighty charm of Châteauneuf is on display here. (RH)
Stephen Tanzer 88-90 (2008) - Jan/Feb 10 by Josh Reynolds - Ruby-red. The nose offers deeper and smokier aromas than that of the Telegramme, with cherry and herb qualities and a note of anise. Smooth, sappy raspberry and cherry flavours pick up a sexy floral quality with air. Attractively sweet and open-knit, this should be drinkable soon after release.