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

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 92-94
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$66.95

"This red has a lovely, perfumy mix of savory, mint, tobacco, blood orange, cherry and bergamot notes all mixed together, carried by silky but ample structure before ending with a long, mineral- and shiso leaf–infused finish. Finely beaded acidity lets everything hang wonderfully. This should expand and cruise in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035. 13,500 cases made. -J.M."(WS)

"The flagship wine, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape, is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah and 5% other permitted varieties. It features delicate floral scents and ample cherry and licorice aromas. Somehow, it manages to be full-bodied and almost creamy in texture but without much weight, then it ends powerfully, with a flourish of rich Mexican chocolate on the long, silky finish. It should drink well for up to 20 years.

Daniel Brunier said that all of the estate's 2016 reds are 15.5% alcohol or more, yet I didn't find excessive heat in any of them—a testament to the richness of the wines and the balance achieved in this vintage. With similar growing seasons and yields between 2015 and 2016, Brunier says, "I don't know where comes the differences." The family's joint venture with American importer Kermit Lynch, Domaine Les Pallières, is also worth a strong look. " (WA)

"Brilliant ruby-red. A fragrant nose evokes ripe red and dark berries, musky flowers, licorice and white pepper, and a smoky mineral overtone adds vivacity. Juicy and concentrated in the mouth, offering gently sweet cherry, cassis and floral pastille flavors that spread out steadily on the back half. Closes chewy, sweet and very long, with building tannins adding shape and grip. I really like the blend of structure and fruit here. " (VM)

"The lighter ruby colored 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape comes, as always, from the oldest vines of the estate on la Crau. It offers lots of kirsch and black raspberry notes, tons of salty minerality, medium to full-bodied richness and fine, fine tannin. Elegant and silky, with impressive balance, it's not the most concentrated wine from this first-rate estate, but it shines for its purity, finesse, and elegance." (JD)

Winery Notes:
From over 150 acres of vineyard land in the La Crau district of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the Brunier brothers make one of the worlds best known wines. Vieux Telegraphe does not make a range of different bottlings and cuvees. They make 2 wines, a white and red, and all of their effort and their best grapes go into these 2 wines. The Domaine has been producing wine since 1895.