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Clos du Mont-Olivet Font de Blanche Côtes du Rhône 2012

Elegant yet straightforward, with a lovely balance of fresh berries, earth and spice, a great accompaniment to weekday dinner.

Estate: Clos du Mont-Olivet traces its foundation back to 1547, over 30 years ago the Sabon brothers Jean-Claude, Pierre and Bernard took over the property, today it is Thierry Sabon, Bernard’s son, running the family estate. The vineyards are made up of very small parcels that are spread throughout Châteauneuf du Pape [29 hectares] and Côtes du Rhône [17 hectares]. The estate is renowned for their highly esteemed Chateauneuf du Pape wines, and their Côtes du Rhône wines “are among the best Côtes-du-Rhône values to be found”. Font de Blanche is their entry-level Côtes du Rhône and “a classic bistro wine that is poured by the glass at some of the most prestigious culinary addresses in France”.

Winemaking: The vineyards are cultivated using a “reasoned and balanced method of viticulture” where biodiversity in the vineyards is encouraged and chemicals are avoided. Grapes were sourced from vines “in an area known as “La Blancherie”, on an alluvial soil from the Würm glacial period, and in which fossils are often found”. Aged in cement tanks.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of fresh berries and bits of spice and earth. Strawberry, blackberry and tobacco flavours were supported by an earthy core, whilst silky smooth tannins, black pepper and hints of candied violets comprised the lengthy finish.

“A blend of roughly two-thirds Grenache and one-third Syrah with a dollop of Cinsault.”
Côtes du Rhône
Mis en bouteille à la propriété S.C.E.A. du Clos Mont-Olivet, Les fils de Joseph Sabon, Récoltants, Châteauneuf du Pape
14% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2016

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