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La Font du Loup, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Le Puy Rolland 2018

£44.00 (75cl)

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SKU: RHFL0118B

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After her father left for Morocco to pursue a new challenge, Anne-Charlotte Mélia took control of the vineyard where
she is exploring natural techniques, along with undertaking a complete renovation of the cellar. The future looks bright
for her, especially due to her desire to utilise the ancient vines contained with her parcels. The vineyard of Font du Loup (Fountain of the Wolf) is located on the north side of the famous plateau, La Crau. The two lieux-dits, “La Font du Loup” and “La Crau” are in the commune of Courthézon. La Crau is divided between two communes, Courthézon and
Bedarrides, but all of Anne-Charlotte’s plots are in the northern most part of Courthézon. The Font du Loup area is
altogether different in soil, given that it is nearly pure sand, furthermore it is also a north facing and one of the highest
altitudes within Châteauneuf-du-Pape, thus contributing to it being one of the coolest climates in the appellation.



Regions Vintage Report:

A year defined by a very wet spring but a warm and dry summer with very different results. The whites have generally less alcohol and are successful across the region while the reds, more affected by the climate, express a multitude of styles. Once again the yields were low and a few producers hardly made any wine! The North The region wasn’t as badly affected by the rain and being located on steep hills many of the best vineyards have great drainage potential. There was a little mildew but quite limited compared to the South and the yields are correct. The whites are fresher than 2017, rich, aromatic but with good tension. The reds are concentrated but balanced with enough structure to guarantee ageing. Their ripeness makes them charming and very appealing already but, thanks to the concentration due to the relatively low yields, they are not light and the best examples will age very well. Overall it’s an extremely good vintage with a few exceptional wines. The South The year was complicated: the rain started late March and didn’t stop until June. Working in the vineyards was very difficult; treating against the diseases like mildew was a real challenge that many organic but also conventional producers lost resulting in very low yields. Some vineyards and appellations were more affected, especially when there is a large clay content in the soil. Fortunately the summer was dry, quite hot, and the healthier vines produced nicely ripened fruit. The wines are generally charming and very appealing now without a huge concentration of tannins but they have good balance and enough structure to age, especially for the better vineyards and the east of the region, less affected by the weather. Knowing about the difficulties encountered by the producers I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the wines, many showing delicate and charming styles with early potential. They are not as rich and powerful as the 2015, 2016 and some of the 2017 vintages but will be more satisfying to many drinkers, especially when consumed young as it so often happens.Christian Honorez, Director February 2020©adVINture 2020

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