2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

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Vieux Télégraphe’s standards are always high, but the 2012 is simply outstanding, defying both the thesaurus and the encyclopaedia with its depth of dark fruit flavours, its ripe yet stentorian tannins and its marked almost salty freshness on the finish. A masterpiece. Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer In his quarterly newsletter, ’Sémaphore’ Daniel Brunier does not mince his words when he describes the 2012 vintage as ‘simply phenomenal’, inculpating ‘freshness of fruit, balance, and serious tannic structure’ for this state of affairs. And so it proves that in all three wines that there is bo