2015 Chateau de la Font du Loup "Le Puy Rolland" Châteauneuf-du-Pape SKU #1320967


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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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  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Let's see...in the year 1905 a young German physicist named Einstein published a paper on the "Special Theory of Relativity," while a few hundred miles away in France a winemaker named Melia planted Grenache vines in the earth at La Crau. It would be immodest to compare the timely planting of grapevines to a scientific theory that forever changed the world as we know it, but all things are relative, right? Better just enjoy the results, as the fruit of those vines have evolved into something quite remarkable over their 112-year lifespan. The Le Puy Rolland is a special wine of ineffable fragrance and charm, quite unlike its more robust cousins throughout Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Perhaps it's the nature of the sandy soils beneath the pebbled surface that give this wine its purity and sense of finesse, a graceful nod to the ancient fruit that rises from each uncorked bottle, delivering flavors of cherries and cranberries and orange peel and warm earth, finishing smooth and silken. Makes me wish I could travel back in time and open a 2015 bottle for a young Albert Einstein. Expect miracles.


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