Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe has been run by our family, the Brunier family, for six generations - since 1891 to be precise. The estate’s vineyards, 60 years old on average, are planted on the celebrated Plateau of La Crau, a site renowned for grape-growing in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This terroir imparts to our wines a highly distinctive minerality, as if they have been filtered through the thick layer of large pebbles left behind when the Alpine glaciers melted, long before the Rhône Valley formed.
The craft of making wine is in itself an artistic endeavor. To take something raw and coerce it into something beautiful, letting the natural elements speak for themselves, not interfering through manipulation, but through guidance — this is what we strive to do at Vieux Télégraphe. [...] For this reason, we are pleased to announce that we have opened our winery this summer to five local artists that have filled the rooms and halls of our caveau with their creations. We invite you to join us for this exhibition of art and wine from July 1st to September 30th.
[...] Since the 2014 vintage, we have had a real struggle to obtain the AOP Gigondas label for this cuvée, with temporary rejections, exam retakes, phoney approvals and disparaging remarks – all because of its colour. It was too light, assuredly too “natural”, and not “pink” enough either. So this year, we have decided to stop putting in the effort, and to simply no longer seek Gigondas appellation status. Instead, we will make a Vin de France, be it pink, grey or golden – an Au Petit Bonheur les Pallières the way we like it, however our soil yields it, with its qualities and flaws, but, above all, its rounded personality. We will have no truck with standardisation. [...]
JAMESSUCKLING.COM - 12 OCTOBRE, 2019 - NICK STOCK, SENIOR EDITOR
The Rhone Valley's three most recent vintages are very distinctive and deliver quite clear influence over the wines they made. The most recent, 2017, is in a difficult position to be compared with the extrememly strong years of 2015 and 2016. However, after tasting a few hundred wines this summer in the Rhone Valley and visiting a few dozen producers, the 2017 has made some excellent wines.
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Run by the Brunier family for six generations (1891), the Vieux Télégraphe estate, located in Bédarrides, has 70 hectares of vines of about sixty years old. Located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, on the famous plateau of Crea, the vineyard offers cuvées of great minerality thanks to its specific terroir of rolled pebbles.
Today, Frédéric and Daniel together manage the estate, accompanied by their respective sons: Nicolas and Édouard. The two brothers defend the intefrated organic and substainable farming to enable the grape to express its full potential. This care given to the vine also extends to the winemaking and agesing by meticulous observation of the grapes so as to create well-balanced wines with a stong personality.
Each cuvée of the estate proposes a different vision of its soil. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Les Pallières in Gigondas, Mégaphone in Ventoux or Pigeoulet in Vaucluse. Proud of this diversity, the estate also owns vines in the Béqaa Valley (Domaine Massaya) in Lebanon where, as in France, the wines created are wines "whose final quality have only value by the nobility of the means used to get it".