2016 Chateau de la Font du Loup "Le Puy Rolland" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1401300 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Half of this all-Grenache cuvée matures in foudre, while the other half stays in concrete. The result is just over 1,000 cases of the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape le Puy Rolland—the best Font du Loup I've ever tasted. Pine and rosemary notes accent cherries and red berries, while hints of black tea, orange zest and rose petals appear on the silky finish. This is full-bodied but nearly weightless, with silky tannins on the finish. (JC)  (8/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Slightly lighter colored, the 100% Grenache 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Puy Rolland gives up a sweet perfume of strawberries, raspberries, sandy soils, and dried flower notes. It's ethereal and elegant on the palate, with fine yet certainly present tannin. Rayas-like with its elegance and purity, it needs 2-4 years of bottle age for the tannins and will keep for 10-15. 93+  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Anne-Charlotte Mélia Bachas' vineyards stretch across the lieux-dits of Font du Loup and La Crau (made famous for the vines of Vieux Telegraphe and Henri Bonneau) in the village of Courthézon. The soils are typically covered in the large galets sitting over loam and the limestone deep beneath the surface but Anne-Charlotte's vines sit upon the even more desirable sandy soils of the region. She attributes the more savory complex nuances found in her wines to these special soils. The "Puy Rolland" is a single parcel on north facing slopes from vines planted in 1905. It is 100% Grenache that is brought up in large neutral foudre (oak casks) and stainless steel. It is one of the purist expressions of a site available in the region.

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Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5