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2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc “La Crau”

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
Discount Eligible $87.00
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There is not much blanc from the famed La Crau vineyard to go around, in France or in the United States, making it one of those rarities sure to leave its mark on any special occasion. That’s not to mention, of course, the fresh fennel aromatics followed by a juicy and creamy core of fruit and salt. Clairette, an unsung hero of the south, is the main grape here, undoubtedly one of many key elements to this singular wine.

Chris Santini


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Bourboulenc, 15% Roussanne
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
Winemaker: Frédéric & Daniel Brunier
Vineyard: 40 years average, 5 ha
Soil: Alluvial deposits, Limestone, Silica, and Molasse (red clay) with galets roulés
Aging: Wine rests in cement tank for 10 months, and then ages for another 12 months in foudres
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14.2%

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Kermit inspecting wine barrels

For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.