2018 Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Télégramme”
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre, and 4% Cinsault. Grapes sourced from various lieux-dits like La Crau and Pignan. Grapes are destemmed. Traditional fermentation in temperature-controlled cuves for approximately 25 days. Wine rests in cement tank for 10 months, and then ages for another 6 months in foudres.
Tasting Notes: Intensely perfumed raspberry and cherry aromas open up quickly with air and develop suggestions of candied flowers and baking spices. Stains the palate with intense red fruit preserve flavors that are lifted and sharpened by a smoky element. At once lively and well-concentrated, finishing with solid, fruity thrust, supple tannins and persistent spiciness.
93 points, James Suckling. "This has a lot of red fruit, a lot of personality and a lot of brambly aromas with spicy nuances, too. The palate has a very smooth build and a deep, plum and red-fruit core, framed in long, noble and rich, ripe tannins. The immediate fleshy appeal is high. Wait for the rest. Try from 2022."
Winery Notes: Vignobles Brunier embodies the ensemble of the holdings by the Brunier family. Brothers Frédéric and Daniel are the fourth generation of their family to farm the land of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. They have worked hard to solidify the legacy left by their father, Henri, and their great-grandfather, Hippolyte. In 1986, the family complemented their portfolio, offering more affordable cuvées that showcase the diversity of terroirs within their holdings.