This Chateauneuf du Pape white is made in a fresh, juicy, racy style. Very expressive but at the same time pure and delicate.
|Appellation||Chateauneuf du Pape|
|Winery||Chateau de la Font du loup|
|Varietal(s)||35% Grenache Blanc, 35% Roussanne, 20% Clairette and 10% Bourboulenc.|
|Inventory||Very Low Stock (7)|
Lychee, citrus blossom, fresh flowers and hints of mint all give way nicely to a medium-bodied profile that carries lots of acidity and solid overall freshness. Nice minerality too.
Squid stew with garlic aioli or white meat.
Responsible farming. Hand harvest. Meticulous selection of the grapes.
Grapes are vinified separately and blended just before bottling. The malo-lactic fermentation is prevented. Clairette and Bourboulenc are aged on lees 9 months in epoxy resin vats while the Grenache Blanc and Roussanne spend time in once-used barrique seasoned by a single vintage at Château d’Yquem and in demi-muids from Burgundy.
Located at one of the highest points in Châteaneuf-du-Pape, Château Font du Loup, which translates to 'fountain of the wolves', is named after the natural springs in the area where the wolves would come to drink. Font du Loup has been in the Melia family since 1942 and is now run by the extremely charming Anne Charlotte Melia-Bachas with her husband Laurent and the help of consultant Philippe Cambie. Font du Loup has roughly 20 hectares (organically farmed), including holdings in the La Crau and Font du Loup vineyards, and is planted on mostly sandy soil with vines that reach 100 years old. It is located in one of the coolest appellation places with slow ripening of the grapes. The wines are made in an elegant, pure, pretty style and are as warm and inviting as the good Anne-Charlotte and Laurent.
The soil is mostly sand with rocks. Usually the sand is not the most appropriate soil for vineyard because it doesn’t keep enough water. But the water spring nearby creates a phreatic water is only 50 meters deep. So the vineyard can irrigate itself when it needs. It is located in one of the coolest appellation places with slow ripening of the grapes.
Grapes are hand-picked, selected and put in small crates to keep the grapes intact. They are doing a plot fermentation in barrels or tanks with indigenous yeasts.
The estate was built close to a natural spring where wolves from the Mont Ventoux went to drink. This is the origin of the estate’s name: The fountain of the wolves.