2016 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Blanc

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 95+
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :


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

"Ripe and rich, but focused, with verbena, bitter almond and wet stone notes threading through the core of creamed yellow apple, pear and melon flavors. Very long, with a gorgeous salted butter echo. Drink now through 2020. 2,100 cases made.–JM "(WS)

"The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is tight and zesty, reflecting its high proportion of Clairette (40%), low proportion of Roussanne (15%) and the addition of Bourboulenc (15%) to the blend. Lime zest and the merest hints of pencil shavings mark this medium-bodied white. If you enjoy aging your white Châteauneufs, this would be one to put away." (WA)

"Slightly fresher than the La Roquete release (I always taste this cuvee after the la Roquete which is also made by the Brunier family), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc gives up lots of lemon and grapefruit characteristics as well as a terrific, salty minerality that makes you salivate. Medium to full-bodied, tight, fresh and clean, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will singe for 2 decades or more. As with the 2015, it’s a candidate for the finest white made at this estate." (JD)

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