From the plateau of Piedlong and a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre that was only 50% destemmed, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Piedlong offers a sexy bouquet of ripe strawberries, herbes de Provence, licorice, and garrigue that has plenty of sweet fruit and charm. Showing lots of minerality on the palate, medium to full-bodied, a rounded, layered texture, and a great finish, drink it over the coming 15 years or more. In the Brunier family since 1898, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe lies on the eastern edge of Châteauneuf du Pape and covers 60 hectares of some of the finest terroir out there, the famed la Crau plateau. Looking at the winemaking, the estate has destemmed all their grapes since 1989 and the wines see all native ferments, with no temperature control, and aging all in older foudre. In addition, due to the recent completion of a new state of the art winery, the grapes are now moved only by gravity. While 2016 was an incredible vintage for this estate, they’ve produced brilliant wines in both 2017 and 2018. Lovers of elegant, classical Châteauneuf du Pape, both red and white, can’t wrong with this estate.
Seductive, with singed mesquite and incense notes leading the way for a ripe, silky and refined core of raspberry coulis, steeped plum, rooibos tea and sanguine flavors. The long, persistent finish delivers a subtle mineral edge. Rather suave. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2022 through 2038.
Lurid magenta. Fresh, mineral-accented red fruits, exotic spices and garrigue on the pungent, highly perfumed nose. Juicy and sharply delineated on the palate, displaying vibrant, spicy lift to the concentrated raspberry, bitter cherry spicecake and lavender flavors. Shows a suave floral pastille quality on the long, penetrating finish, which is framed by silky, slow-building tannins. I really like this wine's balance of richness and finesse. Made with 50% whole clusters. (JR)
The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Piedlong is roughly 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre. I tasted the final blend just two weeks prior to its scheduled bottling. Roses, dried spices, cherries and strawberries appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is fresh, vibrant and silky in texture, with a long finish. The quality and consistency of the wines here largely speak for themselves. While the focus has always been on producing high-quality wines, what that means has been refined over the years, with an increasing emphasis on terroir expression and inherent elegance. Introduced in 2011, the Piedlong bottling reflects this, coming almost entirely from that lieu-dit. Unfortunately, those Grenache vines didn't fare well under the mildew onslaught in 2018, and there's no 2018 Piedlong. Such are the perils of a terroir-based approach. (JC)
A blend of 90% grenache for the Piedlong section and 10% mourvedre from the Pignan section, both old-vine parcels. The wild herbs and dried, wild red flowers and roses here are really something, together with grilled meat. Rich and succulent, very fleshy and intense. Drink or hold.
From lieux-dits Pied Long (75-year-old Grenache) and Pignan (50-year-old Mourvèdre). It may only be medium-bodied, but its searching and concentrated. Wild cherry, and a pleasing touch of almond-stone bitterness on the finish. Not over the top in terms of alcohol. Very mineral and straight, its texture holds the wine upright. Drinking Window 2020 - 2028. (MW)
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