THE RHONE REPORT – JEB DUNNUCK – ISSUE # 9 – 25 SEPT 2011 – 94 pts

The totally brilliant 2010 Vieux Télégraphe Blanc is an old vine blend of 40% Clairette, 30% Grenache blanc, 15% Roussanne, and 15% Bourboulenc that’s aged in 1/3 foudre, 1/3 demi-muid, and 1/3 in barrels (10% new). Easily the best white I’ve tasted from this estate, it delivers a rocking bouquet of crisp peach and pear fruit that are livened up by richer, custard like qualities and riveting minerality. Medium to full-bodied on the palate and brilliantly concentrated, with a rich, yet light texture, good acidity, and a very long, classically dry finish. This fantastic white is deft and crisp enough to enjoy on its own, but has the richness to pair with a wide variety of fare. It should age beautifully for 15 years.