Rhône Theme

Timed Online Auction, 2 - 12 February 2024

Rhône | International & South African offering
About the Session

The first sale of the 2024 Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction calendar is an exciting Rhône valley and Rhône-style offering and has fast-become one of the most popular at Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auctions. 

Sold for

ZAR 16 415
Lot 160
  • Vieux Télégraphe; Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2005; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 14 000 - 18 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 16 415

About this Item

2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
6 (1 x 6) 750ml

The most famous of southern Rhône wine regions, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and the estate of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe are inexorably linked. The Brunier family has a deep connection to the famed plateau of La Crau, going back over one hundred years. For many, La Crau is of grand cru status and Vieux Télégraphe honours this hallowed ground by consistently encapsulating the terroir in its wines, which are classic in style and demonstrate wonderful concentration, rusticity and tremendous ageing potential. From their first vintage in 1900 by founder Hippolyte Brunier, their wines have evolved over time, gaining in balance and refinement. The estate has also grown in that time, now with 65 hectares of vineyard under the ownership and care of Hippolyte’s great-grandsons, Daniel and Frédéric. Named after an old radio signal tower, their name translates to “old telegraph.”

Critics Ratings

'One of the most age-worthy cuvees in the appellation, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe’s 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape was gorgeous on this occasion, showing classic iodine, seaweed and peppery herbs intermixed with layers of sweet currant, plum and blackberry fruits. Full-bodied, powerful and ripe, with a still youthful profile, this beauty won’t hit full maturity for another 3-4 years, and should hold for a decade or more after that.' - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, 95/100 (Feb 2015)

'This is dense and chewy, but not tiring to drink, thanks to fresh acidity and an edgy, gravelly feel that drives the blackberry, currant and sweet spice notes. The long finish has great briary grip, with notes of garrigue and hot stone checking in. Best from 2010 through 2030.' - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 95/100 (Apr 2008)

'Transparent crimson. Lots of ripe fruit and pepper. Cool finish. Very easy to like and complete, though there are the drying tannins of 2009 here too.' - Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17.5/20 (Oct 2010)

'Explosively perfumed nose offers seductive raspberry, kirsch and floral scents, with a suave mineral underpinning. Extremely fresh, with precise red fruit and floral pastille flavors strongly reminiscent of a broad-shouldered Pinot Noir. Finishes with outstanding clarity, sweetness and persistence.' - Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 93/100 (Jan 2008)


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