NEW FROM THE BRUNIERS
by Clark Z. Terry
It is not often that we get to introduce a new wine from the folks at Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. What hasn’t been said about the incredible quality, consistency, and value of this storied domaine? The history of Vieux Télégraphe is integral to that of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, thus making the domaine’s introduction of the Piedlong that much more important.
The vines for this new cuvée have long been in the Brunier family and were previously featured in the tête de cuvée from Domaine la Roquète. Over time, Frédéric and Daniel Brunier felt that there was something different, something special about the Plateau du Piedlong that needed to be showcased. The sandy, well-drained soil and vines located at the highest point of the appellation lend a hand in producing the most elegant wines from Châteauneuf. The terroir and resulting wine stand apart from their flagship La Crau bottling. With the 2011 vintage, it was time to feature these vines and their character with their own name and on their own terms.
We couldn’t be happier with what we have on our hands—pure rustic finesse, a fine balance of earthy fruit, black olive, and classic Châteauneuf réglisse. Essentially a minuscule amount of the Piedlong has arrived on our shores. There won’t be enough for everyone who would like some, so I encourage you to act quickly for this introductory vintage.
$56.00 per bottle $604.80 per case