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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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  • Being a numbers guy, I'm just mildly interested in the total # of this sampling that you were able to cull down to 10. So how many did you taste? Texas seems to have a problem with distribution so I will need more friends in NY and CA who are willing to ship me some "vinegar" from time to time! For the time being I am enjoying the local stuff.

    Apr 05, 2012 at 2:42 PM

  • Lots of imports and bigger guys. We just had the Domestic Rhone Rangers event where over a hundred producers, mostly small, poured. All of us ship wine :) Perhaps you will get around to us sometime? :)

    Apr 05, 2012 at 3:42 PM

  • I live in Oregon and absolutely love the Viognier and Grenache Blanc at Dobbes Family Estate. I think the Viognier is the best I've ever had and it is really cool that Joe Dobbes is the only winemaker in the state who is currently selling a 100% Grenache Blanc. It is always refreshing to try something unique. I wish I'd seen Oregon represented on the list above.

    Apr 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM

  • Texas is actually the best place to grow and vinify Viognier with Double Gold Medal Winners from Texas Wineries like Becker's, Lone Oak, Brennan's, McPherson, just to name a few. Andrea Imner named Becker Viognier the best Viogner she has tasted. This reaises the question, Why were Texas' great Viogniers not on the list? Is it an oversight or a bias?

    Apr 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM

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