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Tasting notes:Yellow-gold color. The nose is rich in aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, quince and honey, with a touch of vanilla. On the palate, the same aromas appear together with a fatness combining exotic fruit and vanilla : the wine is rich, generous and elegant, with extraordinary length. “La Fontaine '' is often considered to be one of the best Châteauneuf du Pape white, and it is by definition a superb gastronomy wine.
94 / 100 Robert Parker Wine Advocate
"The all-Roussanne 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Fontaine boasts scents of toasted grain, ripe peach and pineapple. Full-bodied yet fresh, with a long, mouthwatering finish riddled with lime zest and sherbet, it's a super example of white Chateauneuf. Tasted twice (once blind), with the review reflecting the better bottle. The wood seemed clumsier in the other sample, clashing with the lush fruit ."
94/ 100 Jeb Dunnuck
"Based on 100% Roussanne brought up in 50% new barrels, the medium gold-hued 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Fontaine Blanc has a rocking bouquet of ripe melon, honeyed pineapple, and toasted bread that carries to a pretty, pure, focused yet still medium to full-bodied white offering beautiful freshness and length. It's going to have over a decade of prime drinking, and I'd give bottles another 6-12 months before opening.”
The official history of Domaine Grand Veneur in the Southern Rhone Valley dates back to 1826 when the Jaume family first planted vines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Jumping ahead from the early days of Mathieu Jaume to the modern era for Domaine Grand Veneur, five generations later in 1979, Alain Jaume and Odile Jaume took over the traditionally managed Domaine Grand Veneur.
In 1986, under the direction of Alain Jaume, Grand Veneur became perhaps the first estate in Chateauneuf-du-Pape to experiment with aging some grape varieties in new, French oak barrels. In those days, they owned 4.5 hectares of vines.
The Jaume family continued to make additional purchases in the appellation and managed to grow the Domaine and its vineyards to their current size. Alain Jaume Domaine Grand Veneur owns 16 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape region. Aside from their vines in Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Grand Veneur has plantings in Lirac and in the Côtes du Rhone appellations.
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