Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2008
Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
A member of the classic school of white Châteauneuf-du-Pape: more floral than fruity aromas, and characterized by balance and freshness.
Food matches: Grilled or sauced fish. Tomato salad with olive oil. Asparagus.
"As usual, the 2008 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape blanc is one of the top white Chateauneuf du Papes of the appellation. A blend of 40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Roussanne, and 15% Bourboulenc, it reveals lots of minerality as well as notes of lemon custard, honeyed nectarines, quince, and white currants. Ripe, full-bodied, heady, super-fresh, layered, and long, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.
The Wine Advocate
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