Another year of our favorite white Chateauneuf. Parker once told us that he considered this wine the benchmark for all other white Chateauneuf. Whenever I think of this wine, it reminds me of a trip to Napa many years ago. A young and naïve winemaker, who was trying to push his juice on us, made the mistake of saying "no one wants white Chateauneuf anymore". Here we are trying to figure out how to get more of the La Fontaine that we sell out of every year!
Needless to say, these fresh-out-of-school winemakers always have a lot to learn and they could do so by spending some time with the Jaume family. When a producer is capable of creating some of the best values in the Rhone and setting a benchmark for the region with their higher-end wines...well, you know they are a family to stay close to!
"The top cuvée is the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Fontaine Blanc and it's all Roussanne brought up in 50% new barrels. Deeper and richer than the base cuvée, it offers terrific notes of caramelized pineapple, honeysuckle, white flowers, and buttered toast as well as medium to full body, nicely integrated acidity, terrific balance, and a great finish. It's rich, nicely concentrated, yet balanced and lively on the palate. It's geared for the dinner table and should keep for 4-5 years, if not longer."
- Jeb Dunnuck (August 16th 2019), 94 pts
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