Described by The Wine Advocate’s Joe Czerwinski as “undoubtedly one of the top vintages of this wine”, Vieux Telegraphe’s Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau 2016 is a classic in the making.

The Brunier family is without doubt one of the most respected producers in the region who have been producing wines in Chateauneuf du Pape for over 100 years. Vieux Telegraphe is one of the old-school, embracing organic and sustainable grape-growing whilst creating uncompromising, age-worthy wines that embody the Chateauneuf du Pape style. Today, the estate today holds 150 acres of prime terroir, however, the best wine comes from the very old vines in their famed ‘La Crau’ lieu-dit.

Winemaker and owner Daniel Brunier notes this La Crau 2016 as one of the best vintages of the domaine saying “if you were to pull out five since 1960, the 2016 would be among them”.

The grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, then a third sorting in the winery. Then comes gentle pressing and selective destemming, followed by 30-40 days’ traditional fermentation and 20-22 months maturation in French Oak. The result is a classic red Chateauneuf du Pape that is both very fine and elegant.

Scoring a fantastic 98 points from James Suckling he notes “resounding finesse and equilibrium, showing the full potential of the plateau La Crau”. Jeb Dunnuck agrees with Joe Czerwinski and Daniel Brunier that “this is classic Vieux Télégraphe all the way” and awards 97 points.

These bottles already have some decent age on them and are drinking now and for at least the next two decades.

This is in stock and available for delivery so do let me know if you would like to order, and I can confirm, subject to remaining unsold.

Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau 2016 (6x75cl)
£255 IB

98 Points | James Suckling
Impressive, complex array of wild cherries, raspberries, garrigue herbs, lightly spiced pastry and stony, chalky minerals. Super-fresh florals. The palate has superb texture, roundness, completeness, depth and detail. Powerful yet elegant with powdery tannins and essence-like red fruit. Super-fleshy, supple and dense core, then strong at the edges. Layer upon layer peels away on the finish. Resounding finesse and equilibrium, showing the full potential of the plateau La Crau. Drink or hold.

97 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
Bottled just last week, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers a classic, gorgeous bouquet of black raspberries, currants, violets, salty minerality, nori (seaweed wrapper) and licorice. Full-bodied, pure, incredibly elegant, with fine tannin, and a huge finish, this is classic Vieux Télégraphe all the way that has the balance to drink now. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe is one of the old-guard estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and the Brunier brothers continue to make a very classic, age-worthy, and uncompromising style of wine that requires bottle age. The estate is in the eastern portion of the appellation and has a whopping 150 acres of prime terroir, almost all located in the famed La Crau lieu-dit, which is one of the warmer, earlier terroirs in the region.

96 Points | Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
Undoubtedly one of the top vintages of this wine, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau features classy notes of crushed stones and black tea to go along with ripe raspberries and black cherries. Full-bodied yet silky, there’s more power and richness in La Crau than in Piedlong, yet there’s commensurate elegance and finesse. The wine grows in intensity on the finish without ever seeming heavy or overripe, instead offering hints of tea and licorice.

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