La Font Du Loup, Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2018
Cotes Du Rhone, France
The vineyards for Font du Loup are located on the north side of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in an area that is nearly pure sand, which lends itself to a wine of high spirit and elegance, like those of this estate. It is also a north face and one of the highest altitudes within Châteauneuf-du-Pape, both contributing to it being one of the coolest climates in the appellation.
One cannot speak of the terroir of Châteauneuf-du-Pape without mentioning the ever-present Mistral winds; winds that can reach speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The mistral serves many purposes, like keeping the vineyards cleaned from mold caused by humidity or rain. But it also puts the vines through a great deal of stress. That's a headache for the winemaker, but part of what makes Châteauneuf-du-Pape truly one of the greatest terroirs in the world.