`Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe does indeed derive its name from an old telegraph station, one which was once sited on the hill where this Châteauneuf domaine now stands. As for the vineyards, the history of the domaine itself begins with Hippolyte Brunier in 1898, who planted vines on the Plateau de la Crau, situated in the triangle between the villages of Bédarrides, Châteauneuf and Courthezon, thereby establishing the vineyard that today remains the prime source of fruit for Vieux Télégraphe.
Over the ensuing years the vineyard was expanded, most notably by the next generation, Jules, who saw it reach a size approaching 17 hectares. Jules was also responsible for christening the domaine, naming it after the aforementioned telegraph station that once occupied the spot on the plateau. During the early years of the 20th Century there was a downturn in the estate`s fortunes, phylloxera and war both taking their toll. It was the next generation, in the shape of Henri Brunier, that was charged with rebuilding the domaine, a task to which turned all his attention, before subsequently handing it on to his own sons, Daniel and Frederic, in 1988.`
Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com
Grenache noir 65%, Mourvèdre 15%, Syrah 15%, Cinsault, Clairette and others 5%
This famous Chateauneuf du Pape comes from parcels situated near the excellent village of Crau. It reveals a crimson shadow in which you will experience an amazing blend of raspberry, liquorice, black currants and earth. Its dense texture, silky and powerful on the palate, is a pure moment of pleasure “of the level of the 2007 vintage” says Parker. “Unquestionably one of the best 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape”.