Vieux Telegraphe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 1996

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

Vieux Telegraphe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 1996

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France



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Grape Varietes: Grenache 65%, Mourvèdre 15%, Syrah 15%, Misc 5% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Daniel Brunier Optimum Drinking: 2019-2020 Reviewer Rating: 90 Reviewer: Code: 103075
Estate Notes

Vieux Telegraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1996 was purchased in its original wooden case.

Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe is the flagship property of the great Les Vignobles Brunier Rhône dynasty.

Situated on a stony terrace on Plateau de La Crau, in the southeast of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieux Telegraphe's vines have to endure tough growing conditions: the soil, the mistral, the cold and the heat, not to mention strict appellation rules that render it unique.

This great estate's cellars are just as special, situated 2km south, at the foot of the plateau in the lieu-dit of Le Pigeoulet - bored into rock and naturally enjoying optimum humidity and temperature in an area that is renowned for its very hot summers. Here, the Brunier family has been making Châteauneuf-du-Pape for over a century - wines heavily influenced by their minrelly terroir – the rampart behind which the family protects each vintage from the onslaught of modernity.


“From a cool, dry year, the 1996 Chateauneuf du Pape is a lightly textured, elegant, medium-bodied effort that has pretty notes of sweet red fruits, strawberries, rose petals and cherry blossoms. At 20 years of age, it's still lively and fresh, and offers a Pinot Noir-like level of elegance and purity, and I suspect it has aged as well as it has due to its impeccable balance more so than overt concentration and richness.”