2015 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Blanc

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Vinous Media: 90-92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$59.95

THE VERY RARE BLANC!

40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Bourboulenc, 15% Roussanne

"This is packed with a range of starfruit, anise, white peach, yellow apple and Cavaillon melon notes that run seamlessly together, gilded with chamomile and orange blossom notes on the creamy finish. A late echo of wet pebbles adds further range and intrigue. Drink now through 2019. 342 cases imported. -J.M."(WS)

"(partially fermented in cement tanks, then finished and aged in oak barrels of varying size, 15% of them new; 70% malo): Brilliant straw. Lively scents of pear and lemon curd pick up smoky mineral and tarragon accents as the wine opens up. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering nervy orchard fruit and citrus fruit flavors energized by juicy acidity and a gingery nuance. Shows impressive power and intensity on the penetrating finish, which leaves behind notes of bitter pear skin and dusty minerals." (VM)

Winery Notes:
• Grapes sourced from La Crau, the lieu-dit that is known for the galet roulés, or rounded stones, that cover the vineyard as far as the eye can see
• Fermentation begins in cement tank. Halfway through fermentation, the wine is transferred to oak (barriques, demi-muids, and foudres)
• Aged in wood (barriques, demi-muids, and foudres); 10-15% new oak
• 70% of wine undergoes malolactic fermentation
• Bottled after one year


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