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Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Fontaine
Alain Jaume ( Grand Veneur )
France - Rhone Valley - Chateauneuf du Pape AOC   

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 considerated to be one of the best Chateauneuf du Pape white, and it is by definition a superb gastronomy wine.

Best between 1 and 8 years.

Specifications
Appellation
Chateauneuf du Pape AOC
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Roussane
Agricultural Practices
Organic
Certifications
Ecocert
Soil type
clay, rock and limestone
Vinification
maturation in oak casks.
Pairings

Best with fish dishes in sauce or foie gras, white meat and delicate cheeses.

Reviews and News

2018 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 94 pts - JD

2018 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 94 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"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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2017 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 93 pts - VINOUS

2017 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 93 pts - VINOUS

vinous logoLimpid gold. Ripe citrus and pit fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied ginger, pungent flowers and sweet butter. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering impressively concentrated peach, pear nectar and tangerine flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. In a hefty but energetic style, showing impressive clarity and minerally thrust on a very long, tactile finish. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2018), 93 pts

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2017 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 92-95 pts - WA

2017 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 92-95 pts - WA

wa"The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Fontaine is all Roussanne, marked by scents of flowers and tropical fruit. A blend of barrel and tank-fermented portions, it's full-bodied, plush and rich, picking up complex hints of citrus, honey, clove, baking spices and pencil shavings on the long finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. - Joe Czerwinski"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 238, August 31st 2018), 92-95 pts

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2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 95 pts - JD

2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 95 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The flagship 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Fontaine is a more substantial, serious effort that offers notes of caramelized citrus, brioche, honeysuckle and orange blossom. Rich, layered and concentrated, yet also fresh and lively, it's a terrific white that's going to sing on the dinner table. Drink it anytime over the coming 4-5 years (it will keep even longer)."

- Jeb Dunnuck (October 20107), 95 pts

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2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 94 pts - VINOUS

2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 94 pts - VINOUS

vinous logo"Vivid straw-gold. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe pear, candied orange, smoky minerals and chamomile, along with a deeper suggestion of honey. Energetic, palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors show outstanding clarity and slowly put on weight and spread out with air. The mineral note reappears on the finish, which shows a noteworthy combination of richness and sharply defined, bright, filigreed character. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2018), 94 pts

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2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 92-94+ pts - WA

2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 92-94+ pts - WA

wa"The full-bodied, creamy-textured and amazingly plush 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Fontaine is a blend of barrel-fermented and tank-fermented Roussanne. The aromas of honey, vanilla and bergamot are intense, as are the pineapple notes on the palate. The wine finishes long, given definition by briny and bitter notes. My advice is to opt for caution when aging these big whites and drink them while the fruit is still paramount. - Joe Czerwinski"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 233, October 2017), 92-94+ pts

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2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee La Fontaine - 91 pts - WE

2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee La Fontaine - 91 pts - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts""
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (September 2018), 91 pts

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2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 93 pts - VINOUS

2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 93 pts - VINOUS

vinous logo"Limpid yellow-gold. Ripe citrus and pit fruits, honey, buttered toast and pungent flowers on the deeply perfumed nose, with a smoky mineral nuance building in the glass. Supple and broad on entry, offering sappy peach, pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. The honey note reappears on an impressively long, penetrating finish that leaves a suggestion of buttered toast behind. I really like the combination of power and energy here.- Josh Raynolds"

- Vinous (Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc: Moving Out of the Shadows (June2017), 93 pts

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2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 92-94+ pts - WA

2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 92-94+ pts - WA

wa300"A bigger, richer wine, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape La Fontaine Blanc is still aging in barrel and is marginally darker in color than the classic white. Buttered apples, brioche, honeycomb and hint of orange blossom emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated, seriously textured white that has moderate acidity and tons of fruit. It will be interesting to see how this comes together, but it has serious potential. - Jeb Dunnuck"

- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 227, October 28th 2016), 92-94+ pts

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2014 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee La Fontaine - 93 pts - IWRep

2014 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee La Fontaine - 93 pts - IWRep

international wine report logo"The 2014 'La Fontaine' Blanc is made from 100% Roussane. It has a very pretty aromas of quince, ripe lemon, honey, tropical fruit, followed by underlining notes of vanilla, wild flowers and herbs which all come together beautifully in the glass. The rich texture is well balanced and shows a lovely touch of acidity adding freshness. The finish is long and simply delicious. This is already outstanding, and also shows lots of potential for an even brighter future over the next decade plus. (Best 2017-2027) - M.D."
- International Wine Report (September 2015), 93 pts

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2014 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee La Fontaine - 92 pts - WS

2014 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee La Fontaine - 92 pts - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"A broad, creamy, flattering style, with a macadamia nut frame around creamed melon, plantain, yellow apple and butter notes. Well-buried acidity lets the finish linger. Drink now through 2018. 300 cases made."
- Wine Spectator (October 2016), 92 pts

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2014 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee La Fontaine - 92 pts - WE

2014 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee La Fontaine - 92 pts - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"A luxury white cuvée of pure Roussanne fermented in wood, this is full bodied, with an ripe, honeyed feel. Notes of toast and baking spices add complexity to the pear and pineapple flavors, lingering elegantly on the finish. Drink now–2021."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (September 2017), 92 pts

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2013 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 93 pts - WA

2013 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape la Fontaine Blanc - 93 pts - WA

wa93"Their top white is the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape La Fontaine Blanc. A blend of 100% Roussanne that's aged 10% in small barrels (the majority is in stainless steel), it's a classy, balanced and medium to full-bodied beauty that gives up classic buttered citrus, white peach, melon and spice. Like the classic cuvée, this will gain a touch more richness and flesh with another 6-12 months in bottle, and drink nicely for 3-4 years at a minimum. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 215, October 2014), 93 pts

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2012 Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Fontaine - 94 PTS - WA

2012 Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Fontaine - 94 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 94 Pts"Even better, and one of the top 2-3 whites in the vintage, the Grand Veneur 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape La Fontaine Blanc is an off-the-hook effort that gives up mineral-laced notions of citrus, rose petal, white peach and honey to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich, layered and brilliantly focused profile on the palate. It will stand up to any number of high end white burgundies and should not be missed! Drink now-2017. -JD"

Wine Advocate (Issue #209, October 2013), 94pts

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2011 Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Fontaine - 95 PTS - WA

2011 Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Fontaine - 95 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 95 Pts"The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Fontaine exhibits plenty of honey, floral (especially rose petals), marmalade and tangerine skin characteristics in a full-bodied, rich, pure, well-structured and delineated style. Drink it over the next 3-4 years."

Wine Advocate (Issue #203, October 2012), 95 pts

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Producer Information: Alain Jaume ( Grand Veneur )

In the 14th century, during their stay in Avignon, the popes built a papal castle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Impressed by the area’s exceptional terroir surrounding the castle, Pope Jean XXII planted the ...
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