Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe is a leading producer in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and their flagship and signature label La Crau is one of the most celebrated grand cru of the southern Rhône.
The galets roulés, or rounded stones, (shown on display in the tasting room) allow for extraordinary drainage for the roots and also retain heat from the day’s sun so as to continue ripening the fruit during the night. This results in classic wines from grapes grown on the site that manifest vibrant fruit with depth, concentration, and filtered-through-stones minerality that provides excellent freshness.
The vineyard was first planted upon the La Crau plateau and the Domaine was established in 1898 by their great-grandfather, Hippolyte Brunier.
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant site writes of the Vieux Telegraphe portfolio: “The Bruniers’ vineyards in the La Crau cru of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are the most pedigreed of the appellation, producing wines of exceptional quality and longevity. Since purchasing Domaine La Roquète in 1986, the family has complemented their portfolio with additional wines, offering more affordable cuvées that showcase the diversity of terroirs within their holdings. The “Pigeoulet” and “Mégaphone” are fresh, rich in fruit, pleasantly representative of their terroir, and easy to appreciate young. The red Châteauneuf “Piedlong”, sourced from the famed Piélong lieu-dit with some fruit from the Pignan vineyard as well, is a profoundly mineral wine that balances elegance and purity with the muscle that is commonly found in wines from this great appellation.”
|Artwork in the Vieux Telegraphe caves.|
|The Vieux Telegraphe exhibition poster.|