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Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe

The domaine was founded in 1891 by Henri Brunier in Bédarrides in the Vaucluse department of France - which of course means Châteauneuf-du-Pape! Henri gifted his son Hippolyte some vines on the Plateau of La Crau, at this time land thought unfit for cultivation due to its high density of galets roulés [rounded pebbles]. But vines had been grown there in the 14th century, and Hippolyte followed suite. In 1792 Claude Chappe, the inventor of the optical telegraph built one of his signal towers here, and when Hippoltye's son Jules expanded the vineyards to 17 hectares, he named the estate “Vieux Télégraphe”. Following the Second World War Hippolyte's' grandson, fourth generation Henri Brunier, expanded further to a single domaine of 55 hectares. Henri built a new winery, and was the first to bottle wines under the Vieux Télégraphe label. He also gave the wines a house “Vieux Télégraphe” style, gaining a reputable reputation in the world's leading markets. Henri's two sons Frédéric and Daniel have been running the domaine since the early 1980's, and now the sixth generation of Brunier's have also joined the business, Daniels' son Edouard, nephew Nicolas and niece Manon, ensuring the legacy of this legendary domaine continues. Now there are 100 hectares under vine in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation for white and red wines, 20 hectares for IGP red Ventoux and AOC white and red Vaucluse wines. Additionally, at Domaine Les Pallières in Gigondas, there are 25 hectares under vine for red and rosé wines, which was acquired in 1998 in partnership with a family friend, the American wine importer and author Kermit Lynch. The white Roussane, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc, and red Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault are grown with an organic-raisonnée approach. The vines planted on the Plateau of La Crau are now celebrated; the terroir is galet roulés over iron-rich red clays from the Villafranchian age and, for many, La Crau is Châteauneuf-du-Pape's grandest cru; some of the vines are well over 70 years old. Vieux Télégraphe do not irrigate their vineyards, the grapes are hand-picked and sorted twice and the winemaking is traditional. Vieux Télégraphe also have a collaboration with the Ghosn brothers and Dominique Hébrard of Château Trianon for Massaya in the Lebanon which was created in 1998, with 50 hectares under vine mainly in the north-east Bekaa valley. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe are iconic producers, known for their stunning Châteauneuf, these terroir-driven wines have incredible depth of fruit with a distinctive minerality.