Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2007
95 points / $70
17,000 cases made
When Châteauneuf-du-Pape became France's first Appellation d'Origine Côntrollée (AOC), in 1936, Vieux Télégraphe had already been in operation for nearly 40 years. Today, brothers Daniel and Frédéric Brunier farm the domaine's 173 acres of vineyards located in the appellation's famed La Crau sector. This red wine is a blend of 65 percent Grenache with 15 percent each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, plus a dash of Cinsault, Clairette and other varieties, all sourced from vines averaging 60 years of age.