La Font Du Loup, Le Puy Rolland, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018
Cotes Du Rhone, France
The current trend in Châteauneuf seems to be big, brutish wines, but Anne-Charlotte Mélia Bachas makes wines with elegant finesse. This wine is silky smooth, with long-lasting berry notes and a touch of lavender-rosemary garrigue.
The vineyards for Font du Loup are located in sandy northern Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and on a north face of one of the highest hills in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This makes the vineyard one of the coolese in the windy appellation.
The Puy Rolland comes from vines planted in 1905. Anne-Charlotte keeps the wine in old foudre and stainless steel so as not to be overtaken by new oak.