alain jaume, chateauneuf-du-pape, domaine grand veneur la fontaine 2010
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the top three or four dry whites of the appellation is the full-bodied, fresh 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Fontaine. Made from 100% Roussanne, it offers lots of waxy vanillin notes intermixed with notions of honeyed figs, quince and brioche. It should drink well for 2-3 years. This is one of those rare cases where the 2011 is even better than the 2010.
Light gold. Seductive aromas of lemon curd, truffle, anise, smoke and honey, plus a leesy nuance. Rich and spicy in the mouth, with the leesy quality adding depth to sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Shows very good delineation and verve for a rich wine and finishes smooth, spicy and very long.
A ripe, lush style, this showy wine offers a lovely mouthfeel to its creamed melon, brioche, toasted almond and pear notes, all melded nicely together and hanging through the lengthy, rounded finish. Drink now through 2013. 300 cases made."