An admired and respected Châteauneuf with black cherry and mulberry notes. Sixth generation winemakers Nicolas and Edouard Brunier fashion this technical wine from Grenache, Syrah & Mouvedre.
2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
Region : France > Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur > Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Tasting Note : Bright ruby. Intense raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by hints of lavender, spicecake and blood orange. Juicy and fruit-driven, with palatecoating flavors of sweet, spice-tinged red fruits and candied flowers. Red fruit and mineral driven finish.
Blend : 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault and other grapes, from 65-year-old vines.
Wine Making : Grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, then a third sorting in the winery. Gentle pressing and selective destemming, followed by 30-40 days of traditional fermentation in temperature–controlled stainless-steel and wooden vats. Malic acid is converted in softer tasting lactic acid through systematic malolactic fermentation.
Ageing : 20-22 months in French oak foudres. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, then released at 2 years.
ABV : 14.5%
Drink With : Grilled beef, lamb stew, wild mushroom casserole, roasted root vegetables in olive oil with basil, herbes de Provence, and wine.