Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe (Famille Brunier), Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Télégramme" Southern Rhône, France 2020
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsault
Télégramme is the Brunier family's second-label wine in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC area. It is a blend of grapes from young wines and the latest ripening terroirs. These terroirs, combined with vines aged 30 years on average, yield fresh and elegant fruit, a certain minerality and appealing balance.
The Bruniers’ La Crau holdings are not all mature enough to produce the intense, concentrated fruit that defines the “La Crau” bottling. Over the years, certain parts of the vineyard have been replanted, while missing vines here and there lost to natural causes have been replaced. The fruit from these younger vines is united in the Télégramme bottling, which the Bruniers have produced since 2002. This newborn cuvée was silky and seductive, providing so much immediate pleasure that customers begged them to make it again. Since then, it has become a mainstay of the Brunier lineup, offering a taste of the greatness of “La Crau” with less of the imposing structure that demands bottle age to reach a velvety apex.
Today, the young-vine fruit is supplemented by splashes of old-vine Châteauneuf from La Crau, bolstering Télégramme’s complexity without sacrificing its plush, toothsome texture.
Télégramme is more about fruit than stones, but it is still undeniably Châteauneuf, expressing the nobility of carefully farmed Grenache from the Rhône’s finest terroirs. This unfiltered bottling from the excellent 2020 vintage — a more classic, sun-filled year than that fateful 2002 — is one of the best editions to date, with sensual red fruit that is both mouth-filling and weightless, as luxurious as it is accessible. Perfect for enjoying now and over the next few years, it is an ideal match for the delicate flavors of spring lamb, roasted spring vegetables, or whatever other fresh, seasonal flavors are on your plate.
Region: Southern Rhône