2018 Chateau de la Font du Loup Chateauneuf du Pape Le Puy Rolland Vieilles Vignes (750ml)15 4 0 0
Château de la Font du Loup is making some of the most thoughtfully composed wines of the region. This family-run estate is currently headed by Anne-Charlotte Mélia-Bachas whose high elevation, north facing plot behind La Crau in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, produces naturally elegant and balanced wines. The combination of a cool site, old vines on sandy soils, and a light hand in the cellar results in wine of elegance, purity, and complexity.
The Puy Rolland comes from 110+ year old vines planted on sand. It is made of 100% Grenache half matured in foudre, while the other half stays in concrete. Only 500 cases were made for this vintage.
"The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Puy Rolland (100% Grenache aged all in foudre) is similarly hued and has a classic Grenache nose of red and black cherries, peppery herbs, sappy flowers, and earth. In the more elegant, translucent, seamless style of the domaine, it’s still medium to full-bodied, has a seamless texture, silky (yet present) tannins, and a great finish. Drink this beautifully elegant, seamless Grenache over the coming 10-15 years." 95 points - Jeb Dunnuck (Oct. 2020)
"The 100% Grenache 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Puy Rolland Vieilles Vignes boasts swirls of aromatic complexity, ranging from notes of ripe cherries and dark chocolate to scents of cracked pepper and ground cloves, and from faintly herbal, tea-like nuances to more floral notes. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky in texture on the mid-palate, balancing its ample generosity with a weave of fine-grained tannins, then finishing in a lively, renewed burst of ripe fruit. Almost as impressive as the 2016, this elegant beauty should drink well for at least a decade." 94 points - Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate, Oct. 2020)
"Wonderfully defined red fruit with masses of spice too – this gives all the volume of Châteauneuf while keeping the acidity really quite high and bright. There's a peppery kind of note on the finish that you might think was Syrah, but that red fruit is very much Grenache. Brilliantly done, and gets the balance just right." 17.5/20 - Richard Hemming MW (JancisRobinson.com, Aug. 2020)