Fontavin is an organically farmed estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with crazy old vines averaging 75 years old. Those ancient vines are rooted in eastern side of the appellation, in a mix of sand and the classic round stones of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The sandy parcels give heady aromatics and fresh fruit while the vines in the roulé give structure, power and length.
Proprietor and winemaker, Hélène Chouvet-Coton uses no wood in the winemaking, leaving as pure an example of Châteauneuf-du-Pape as you’ll ever find. The wine is purple to its core, with a terrific nose of spicy red berries touched with a hint of anise, thyme and cocoa. In the mouth, the wine is hedonistically fruity but with a mineral core that finishes fresh and a mile long.
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93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Terre d’Ancetres is a beauty. A concrete-aged blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, it’s full-bodied, creamy and plush in texture, with loads of cherry fruit and hints of cinnamon, clove and bay leaf on the finish. It should drink well for over a decade.”
In the mouth, the wine is hedonistically fruity but with a mineral core that finishes fresh and a mile long.
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