2018 - Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition Font du Vent
Colour
Red
Producer
Font du Vent
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre
Drinking
2021 - 2035
Case size
12x75cl
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2018 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVÉE TRADITION FONT DU VENT - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Font du Vent
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre
Drinking
2021 - 2035
Case size
12x75cl
Available Later
In Bond
Case price £250.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2019

    This is a highly accomplished example of Châteauneuf, made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and a final 10% of what Guillaume calls “field blend” from the historic varieties co-planted in their old vineyards. Scented with damsons and sloes, this balances Grenache’s juicy succulence with a tight central core. Delicious notes of black pepper and spices linger on the palate. In short it is everything a Châteauneuf should be.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, August 2019,
    Score: 90-92

    Like many producers, Font du Vent's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition has relatively more Mourvèdre and Syrah in it than usual, as Grenache is more susceptible to mildew. Black cherries and licorice notes mark the nose of this full-bodied, silky effort, which shows admirable concentration and an invigorating bit of peppery spice on the finish. Drink Date 2020 - 2030

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Producer

Font du Vent

Until recent this substantial estate owned by the Gonnet family had been known as Font de Michelle. The Font de Michelle lieu dit is a large parcel in the southeast of the Châteauneu du Pape appellation, named after the natural water source found there. Due to a recent legislative change that means there is no protection for the name of Font de Michelle – because the lieu dit is farmed by numerous vignerons – the family have taken the decision to rebrand. The style of winemaking, however, remains as impeccable as ever. Guillaume Gonnet has taken up the reins from his parents with impressive assurance. He guides the domaine with a combination of modern innovation and respect for tradition. The estate does not push alcoholic maturity, and the gentle pumping over of mostly destemmed fruit results in well-balanced wines with appealing juicy fruit.

Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

The emperor of southern Rhône appellations, Châteauneuf du Pape was the first A.O.C. in all of France, created in 1936. Their bottle is unique embossed with the papal coat of arms. Thirteen varieties (14 if Grenache Blanc is counted separately) can be incorporated in the blend. The reds include: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, Terret Noir, Picpoul, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscardin, while the whites are Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Clairette. Only a handful of producers use all 13, Grenache often being the highest percentage of the blend. This enables each producer to highlight the varieties that are the ripest and most interesting in any given year. Most Châteauneuf du Pâpes are master examples of wines that can be approachable within the first few years of release yet able to develop superb complexity during many years of cellaring.