The wines of V.T. are classics, displaying strength, rusticity, earthiness, and tremendous longevity.
The old vines of La Crau are all used for the final assemblage. The grapes from the newer vines (still
all over twenty years) are used for the wines of Télégramme. The greatness of the domaine is just as
much a tribute to the Bruniers as it is to La Crau—they have the ability to make great wine even in
tough vintages. Their goal is to find a harmony between aromatic complexity, tannic structure, and
richness, which they achieve year after year. The maligned 1984 vintage is still a marvelous wine.
One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the Southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as “La Crau” for over one hundred years. The wines of Vieux Télégraphe evoke the concept of terroir in its purest form: they reflect their dramatic climate, the rough terrain that defines the soil, their full sun exposure at a higher altitude, the typicity of the varietals with an emphasis on Grenache, and of course, the influence of their caretakers, the Brunier family. For many, La Crau is Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s grandest cru.