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2014 Châteauneuf du Pape “Télégramme”

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

2014 Châteauneuf du Pape “Télégramme” Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Wonderfully perfumed—seductive, yet cerebral. Rich and muscular with suave, handsome features; radiantly bright with a long, tender, caressing finish. Good for a Tuesday night, but don’t doubt the long-term potential.  
     In addition to being a word-for-word copy of my online dating profile, these are also my notes for the 2014 Télégramme. Produced from the “young” vines at Vieux Télégraphe—thirty-five years young, that is—this red is all about the sweet fragrance of Grenache from a world-class terroir: blackberry, raspberry, lavender, plus a delicate spiciness. If you’re looking for guaranteed pleasure and satisfaction in a dapper young Châteauneuf-du-Pape, swipe right on the 2014 Télégramme. —Anthony Lynch
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 90% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
Winemaker: Frédéric & Daniel Brunier
Soil: Alluvial deposits, Limestone, Silica, and Molasse (red clay) with galets roulés
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Southern Rhône

The southern Rhône valley is Grenache country. It’s also known for its stones. With a viticulture history dating back well before the Popes arrived in the 12th century and one of France’s oldest appellations d'origine contrôlée, Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, the southern Rhône is unquestionably one of France’s best known and premier winegrowing regions. The wines have the pedigree and age-worthiness of Burgundy and Bordeaux, but with a rustic, Mediterranean character. Like most wines from southern France, the reds, whites, and rosés are blends. Filling out the Grenache for the reds and rosés, you’ll often find Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. The common white grape varieties are Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Roussane, and Marsanne among others. From the alluvial riverbed stones found in Lirac, Tavel, and Châteauneuf to the limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail that influence Beaumes-de-Venise (where you’ll find excellent Muscat), Vacqueyras, and Gigondas, great terroir abounds.

Kermit’s entrance in the region came in the mid 1970s on his first trip with Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters. On that trip, Richard introduced Kermit to the Brunier family of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. Soon after, Kermit began importing the Brunier’s wines—their Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” bottling remains a staple of our portfolio today. In the late 1990s Kermit teamed up with the Brunier family to purchase the famed Gigondas estate, Domaine Les Pallières. More than 40 years later, we now import wines from fifteen southern Rhône domaines spanning the entire area of the region.

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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch


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