In lieu of recent château tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, I wanted tell about a fantastic vineyard that has a history of excellence in this region. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. A blend from this winery received the #3 spot in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2009.

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2007
95 points / $70
17,000 cases made

Brothers Daniel and Frédéric Brunier farm the domaine’s 173 acres of vineyards located in the appellation’s famed La Crau sector. This red wine is a blend of 65 percent Grenache with 15 percent each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, plus a dash of Cinsault, Clairette and other varieties, all sourced from vines averaging 60 years of age.