2017 Vieux Telegraphe, Pallieres en primeur

8 Nov 2018

Small but perfectly formed: 2017 in the southern Rhone 

Over the last couple of years the southern part of the Rhone valley, and Chateauneuf in particular has begun to regain its mojo for wine lovers. Sure, the wine fashionistas may be obsessing over Piedmont and Burgundy but there's no arguing with the sunshiney pleasures that these bottles bring.

Vieux Telegraphe's traditional, simple and organic approach to their precious vines on Le Crau plateau is one of the purest expressions of this ancient riverbed terroir. It's polished pudding stones rolled down from underneath Swiss glaciers millenia ago are both evocative and an essential ingredient of the vineyard. 2017 was a vintage of low yield and very high quality. The cold spring disrupted flowering while the dry summer kept fruit healthy and vines stressed, resulting in some fabulous, hedonistic, yet restrained wines. These will drink beautifully over a long period.

Gigondas also had a great vintage, with crop losses restricted to about a quarter, with their higher and cooler vineyards benefitting from later flowering. They've made Les Pallieres, which are pure and again, more restrained and drinkable than some of the hotter years. As in Chateauneuf, the smaller proportion of Grenache has made them a bit more balanced for the modern taste. Piedlong's terroir still allowed the use of 90% of Grenache with 10% Mourvedre, but this too is a wine of finesse and perfume from these 70 year old vines.

Readers should not overlook the 2016 vintage either. They are a tad cheaper than the 2017s as quantities weren't adversely affected and are now in the UK and will be available for delivery shortly. /CW

Offered subject to remaining unsold; for shipment autumn 2019

Vintage Description Cs Sz Bt Sz Cs Bts Cs ib Cs inc Bt inc
2017 drink or keep Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf Blanc
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6x 75cl ep ep £200.00 - - Buy
2017 young Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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6x 75cl ep ep £260.00 - - Buy
2017 young Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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12x 37.5cl ep ep £270.00 - - Buy
2017 young Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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3x 150cl ep ep £265.00 - - Buy
2017 young Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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1x 300cl ep ep £195.00 - - Buy
2017 young Piedlong Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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6x 75cl ep ep £150.00 - - Buy
2017 young Piedlong Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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6x 150cl ep ep £310.00 - - Buy
2017 young Les Pallieres Gigondas Les Racines
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6x 75cl ep ep £110.00 - - Buy
2017 young Les Pallieres Gigondas Les Racines
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6x 150cl ep ep £230.00 - - Buy
2017 young Les Pallieres Gigondas Terrasse Diable
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6x 75cl ep ep £110.00 - - Buy
2017 young Les Pallieres Gigondas Terrasse Diable
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6x 150cl ep ep £230.00 - - Buy