Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

Daniel and Frederic Brunier
Route Chateauneuf du Pape 3, 84370 Bedarrides
Tel. +33 490 330 031
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 8.00-12.00 and 13.30-17.30. 
Mail: vignobles@brunier.fr
Web: http://www.vignoblesbrunier.fr/

In 1898 the great grandfather of the owners today Hippolyte Brunier planted an
area in La Crau with vines. His son Jules Brunier continued the planting up to
17 ha. and called the property Vieux Télégraphe named from an old signal tower built in 1792 by Claude Chappe the inventor of the optical telegraph.
 
After the Second World War the third generation Henri Brunier enlarged the
property furthermore and created the special style of the wines from
Vieux Télégraphe. Since 1986 the owners Daniel and Frédéric Brunier has
purchased two estates Domaine la Roquète situated in the village of Chateauneuf du Pape in 1986 and in 1998 Domaine les Pallieres in Gigondas with 25 ha of Gigondas. They own this estate together with their American importer Kermit Lynch.
Frédéric Brunier has focus at the vineyards and Daniel Brunier is mostly interested in the winemaking and it's him you most often will meet when the wines are presented around the world.

2 cuvées of red Chateauneuf du Pape are made. La Crau is in princip made from vines more than 30-years-old vines when wine from younger vines are used for a 2nd wine named Télégramme.
All 70 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape are situated at lieu-dit La Crau known for a terroir for powerful wines. Furthermore the domain covers 3 ha of Cotes du Rhone from the left bank of Rhone and 7 ha of Ventoux in Caromb. Some of the vineyards in Caromb are used for a cuvée of Ventoux when the rest from Ventoux together with the Cotes du Rhone are used for IGP de Pigeoulet des Brunier. 
Pigeoulet is the name of the lieu-dit where the domain is situated.

Wines

Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau
65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and 5% of other varieties. 
Average age of vines is 60 years. Fermented in concrete and then matured here for 10 month before ageing in foudres for 12 months.

Chateauneuf du Pape Télégramme
In princip from vines less than 30-years-old. The blend depends of the vintage but Grenache will always be dominating. After 10 months in tanks the cuvée is aged in foudres for 6 months.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Crau
40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Bourboulenc and 15% Roussanne.
Fermentation and ageing in tank, barriques or demi-muids.

Ventoux Mégaphone
80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.

IGP Vaucluse Pigeoulet des Brunier
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Carignan og 5% Cinsault.
Fermented in cement tank and aged in foudres for 6 months.

IGP Vaucluse Blanc Pigeoulet des Brunier
Equal shares of Roussanne, Clairette and Grenache Blanc
From 0,5 ha in Courthézon planted in 1995.


Daniel Brunier. Photo: blacktiemagazine.com


Manon and Frédéric Brunier. Photo: mondanite.net


Since 2006 Leonardo Borsi has been maitre du chai of all domains owned by the Bruniers, Vieux Télégraphe, Roquete and Pallières. 
Borsi is from Argentina. 
Photo: Vinography


The two photos above are from Vinography

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