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Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Blanc 2021

From the famed La Crau vineyard – beat that terroir if you can
Clairette
  • $163.00

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Citrus Fruit, Floral, and Tree Fruit,

BODY: Medium
DRYNESS:
Very Dry
ACIDITY:
Medium
TANNIN:
Light
ALCOHOL (%):

Origin: Rhone Valley (Chateauneuf du Pape, Cote Rotie & More), France

Grape Varietals:

Clairette

Winemaking:

Maturation:

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WESTERN FOOD PAIRING
Pair with prawn appetisers, shellfish risotto, or fish pie.

ASIAN FOOD PAIRING
Char Siew sou, Hokkien Mee, Hor fun, fish soup

Description

Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Blanc

Creamy and rich with a distinct oak character. The fresh bouquet is floral rather than fruity, with honeysuckle, acacia and a touch of zesty citrus. The palate focuses more on citrus and stone fruit, with flavours of lemon and grapefruit, crisp apple, honeyed quince and a touch of oak. Complex and balanced, with a creamily smooth mouthfeel.

Comprises a blend of 40% Clairette, 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Roussanne and 10% Bourboulenc. Sourced from a 6 hectare vineyard in the stony Plateau de la Crau, in the south-east of the appellation, where the villages of Bédarrides, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Couthézon meet. The vines have an average age of 45 years. Grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, then a third sorting in the winery. They first go through pneumatic pressing, then static settling. Fermented and matured in barriques, demi-muids and 30 hl foudres. Bottled after a year of ageing.

One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as "La Crau" for over 100 years. The wines of Vieux Télégraphe evoke the concept of terroir in its purest form: they reflect their dramatic climate, the rough terrain that defines the soil, their full sun exposure at a higher altitude, the typicity of the varietals, and the Brunier family influence.