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Vieux Télégraphe - Now Available - The Highly Anticipated 2015s from a Legendary Estate - 11/04/2017 - Rhone Valley

The vintage 2015 has delivered a number of highly coveted Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottlings with Vieux Télégraphe standing at the top of the heap. This long beloved estate is known for producing wines of refinement, elegance, and finesse - unique characteristics for a region that is so much dominated by power and concentration. The 2015s from Vieux Télégraphe play perfectly to type, showing the softer side of Châteauneuf-du-Pape which at the same time revealing breathtaking range and dimension. While only time will tell, the 2015s have to potential to stand shoulder to shoulder with such legendary vintages as 1990, 2005, and 2007. The Brunier family have struck the perfect balance, combining tradition with modern innovations while never losing their own distinctive mark. The "La Crau" and "Piedlong" will reward collectors for decades to come and are can’t miss bottlings from this legendary estate. Available on pre-arrival now is the time to lock-in your bottles at very attractive prices.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $69.99 View
2015 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "Piedlong" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 95 $54.99 View

2015 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) - -17 available ($69.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A wine with playful, attractive character. An array of red, blue and purple fruits. Gently spicy, chalky and fragrant, it has a very supple, fleshy and layered palate with a web of fine, smooth and supple tannins. Extremely elegant and composed. A long draw on the finish. Great depth and drive. This will live super long. Try after 2020. (NS)" (08/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This 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 leafinfused finish. Finely beaded acidity lets everything hang wonderfully. This should expand and cruise in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035." (07/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (JC)" (10/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "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. (JR)" (03/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "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. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

2015 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "Piedlong" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($54.99)

95 points James Suckling: "10 hectares of elevated Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this is an hommage to grenache with just a hatful of mourvèdre. Ripe raspberry and red plum pastry aromas. Super silky, plush and layered. Extremely impressive. Shows fluidity and balance, density and lightness. 50% stalks (crushed)." (08/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Piedlong is gorgeous, and Id certainly be happy to drink a bottle. Blackcurrants, kirsch, seaweed, tapenade, and shitake notes all flow to a ripe, supple, sexy red that has fine tannin, solid depth, and a great finish. It shows the elegant style of the vintage and will keep for 10-15 years. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Piedlong has been made since 2011. It's 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, drawn from the Piedlong and Pignan lieux-dits. With 50% whole clusters, it's quite floral upfront but also boasts plenty of cherry fruit and cinnamon. It's full-bodied and creamy in texture, ending on a long, peppery note. (JC)" (10/2017)