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Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe (Famille Brunier), Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Piedlong" Southern Rhône, France 2020

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe (Famille Brunier), Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Piedlong" Southern Rhône, France 2020

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90% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre

A Châteauneuf-du-Pape perfectly pitched between richness, freshness, and robustness. Velvet and minerality shine through. Succulent and elegant, the Brunier Piedlong offers immediate pleasure and age-worthy promise.

The Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe has been run by the Brunier family for six generations since 1891. The vineyard, with an average age of 60 years, is located on the famous plateau of La Crau, the Mecca of the viticulture of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This terroir marks the wines with a very special minerality, as if they had been filtered through the thick layer of rolled pebbles, left behind when the Alpine glaciers melted, long before the formation of the Rhône Valley. The family cultivates and vinifies different expressions of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape terroir, but also Les Pallières in Gigondas (rosé and red), Le Pigeoulet (red and white) and Mégaphone (red) in the foothills of Mont Ventoux.

The 70-year-old Grenache grapes come from the stony Piedlong Plateau in the heart of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC area, north of the village, and the highest point in the production area (128m). For the 50-year-old Mourvèdre, the Pignan lieu-dit, east of Piedlong.

For 22 acres, the Piedlong lieu-dit's soil is Molasse from the Miocene epoch (1-1.5m in depth) sitting on a thick layer of clay with a high stone content, and covered by the pebble blanket of Alpine diluvium generally known as “galets roulés”. For 5 acres, the Pignan lieu-dit, well-known as one of the few parts of the AOC area with sandy topsoil, and sitting on a mixture of clay, sand and friable stone called “pierre de Châteauneuf”.

Grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine and a third sorting in the winery. Gentle crushing and selective destemming followed by at least 30 days’ traditional fermentation in concrete and wooden vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic malolactic fermentation. 20-22 months in French oak foudres (60 hl), bottled without filtration or fining.

Country: France

Region: Southern Rhône

Subregion: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Grape: Grenache

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