Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Vieux Mas Pape Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 1998

Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

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Winemaker's Notes

While the trend in wine today is toward special blends and reserve bottlings, which allows a domaine to charge more per bottle while taking the best parcels out of the regular blend, Domaine Vieux Telegraphe has always stuck by their traditional Chateauneuf bottling, insisting that to take anything out would be a compromise in quality. But since the Chateaneuf du Papes from Vieux Telegraphe can be firm and unyielding in youth, the Bruiners have decided to bottle a wine from their younger vines. It is made with grapes that are destined for the traditional Vieux Telegraphe bottling but are still two or three years away. This wine, which they call Vieux Mas de Papes, comes from the same stony terrain and receives the same careful vinification as the classic bottling. It shows typical Vieux Telegraphe richness and complexity, and yet the tannins are softer and more finessed, making it perfect at table, especially with lamb, beef and braised dishes.

Learn About Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe

The AOC for Chateauneuf-du-Pape is in the Rhone Valley stretching from Orange to Avignon. Domaine Vieux Telegraphe was founded in 1895, and takes it name Vieux Telegraphe (Old Telegraph) from a rocky plateau of the Domaine where in 1792 Me. Chappe, the inventor of the optical telegraph, installed a relay tower.

Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone White Blends

White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...

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