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Vieux Télégraphe

You’ve probably all heard me rail against the rising price of Rhône wine and Southern Rhônes in particular. While the market for white wines from the Rhône is far from as frothy as that for reds, there are far too many over-priced wines floating around there.

Vieux Télégraphe has held the line on pricing for their wines, though I do see that the 2010s seem have taken a rather steep bump up. Hopefully this is not a portent of things to come. Still, VT does produce one of my favorite White Rhônes, a blend of  40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc and 15% each Roussanne and Marsanne that occasionally bears witness to a bit of oak ageing. VT also produces the more affordable Vieux Mas des Papes from a blend more dependent on Roussanne. This shows similar flavors to the main bottling: orange blossom, bees wax and a little heather, though the Vieux Télégraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc has a much more vivid, tense and mineral driven base.
 

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