Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2011

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photoWhite southern Rhone wines rarely get written up, and even less so white Chateauneuf. Vieux Telegraphe is of course famous for their red La Crau, but I think this white blend is overlooked and underrated. These wines are often misunderstood as they tend to go through a dumb period between 4-8 years of age. In other words, enjoy them young and exuberant or let them develop a long time in cellar.

The blend is Clairette (40%), Grenache Blanc (30%), Bourboulenc (15%) and Roussane (15%), which together present a waxy, elegant wine with a lot of florality and honey. It is not as low in acid as some white Rhones, but maintains an ease that lets this work very well on its own or with fish and vegetable dishes.

Aged in foudres for 1 year before bottling. Made from 50 year old vines in La Crau.

$80 at Marquis Wine Cellars


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