Châteauneuf du Pape 'Font de Loup' Anne Charlotte Mélia Bacha 2018
Domaine La Fond de Loup, Anne-Charlotte Mélia Bacha
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 average age of her vines exceed 50 years and the composition of the wine is primarily Grenache with small amounts of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsualt rounding out the blend. The wines of Font du Loup are quite under the radar but the pedigree is truly remarkable.
A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault aged in a variety of different vessels, Font du Loup's Châteauneuf du Pape is a worthy successor to the fine 2015. Some slightly edgy herbal notes on the nose should integrate with the bright cherry fruit within a year or two, so give it a little to come together. This is textbook medium to full-bodied Châteauneuf, with a dusting of cocoa powder over ripe cherries lingering elegantly on the finish.
Grapes: 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault