One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as La Crau for over one hundred years. The wines of Vieux Télégraphe evoke the concept of terroir in its purest form: they reflect their dramatic climate, the rough terrain that defines the soil, their full sun exposure at a higher altitude, the typicity of the varietals with an emphasis on Grenache, and of course, the influence of their caretakers, the Brunier family. Frédéric and Daniel (left) are the fourth generation of their family to farm the land of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent decades, they have brought their intricate knowledge of the various terroirs of the southern Rhône to new heights through the expansion of the holdings. Their properties represent a vast variation of soil types, climatic conditions, and grape varieties. Since purchasing Domaine La Roquète in 1986, the family has complemented their portfolio with additional wines, offering a range of 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 Gigondas “Terrasse du Diable” from Domaine Les Pallières—a collaboration between the Bruniers and Kermit—showcases a brooding youthfulness, with notes of black olive and licorice, mint, eucalyptus, and rosemary. The rosé—equal parts Clairette, Grenache, and Cinsault—is salty, discreet, and full of brambly fruit and soft citrus notes. Finally, if you can spring for them, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottlings represent the pinnacle of the Bruniers’ terroir and talent. The blanc is one of those rarities sure to leave its mark on any special occasion, and the classic rouge is the family’s crown jewel: a benchmark red revered throughout the southern Rhône.
When traveling the wine route in France and Italy, I come across fine olive oil almost as often as I come across fine wine. Of course, these are the two staples of the diet in this part of the world...
While our retail shop in Berkeley is not yet open for browsing, all of our staff continues to taste and recommend new bottlings as well as ones that have continued to evolve beautifully on our racks or in the back of the store. Here you will find our staff’s current favorites!
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
You won’t find many producers who have had such success in their traditional wines over decades and who experiment with new wines. This collection features three examples of the old and three of the new.
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