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DOMAINE DE FONTAVIN

LVT 2018 r 2015 wh 2015 rosé Beyond its Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this domaine also makes a Gigondas, Vacqueyras and sound Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, and red and white Côtes du Rhône from two of the five Châteauneuf-du-Pape communes, Courthézon and Bédarrides. It converted to organic in 2011.

2018 has been an important vintage, marked by a leap forward in quality, suggested by the red Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine called Trilogies, the replacement of the Tradition red once the Mourvèdre came on stream to make the third variety in the blend - from 2012. This was a ****(*) wine in 2015 - long, stylish and structured. Well, the 2018 hit *****, stylish, balanced and naturally elegant, excellent VALUE, too. Meanwhile, the just a few casks' worth Châteauneuf-du-Pape David et Goliath red that had never exceeded ***(*) when I have tasted it in the past, also came in at ***** in 2018: fruit with tuneful freshness, excellent length.

Both the 2018 and 2015 Gigondas Combe Sauvage were polished, appealing **** wines. The whites have always been good, and the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape white was an authentic, potentially charming ****(*) wine. The Vacqueyras impressed me in 2012 and 2014, as did the Côtes du Rhône Les Vignes de mon Père red - ***(*) - white - ***(*) - and rosé - **** - in 2015. 

Hélène & Michel Chouvet Coton 1468 route de la Plaine 84350 Courthézon

Tel: +33(0)490 70 72 14

http://www.fontavin.com

helene-chouvet@fontavin.com

Countries exported to:1) Denmark 2) Germany 3) Belgium 2009: 1) Germany 2) Belgium 3) GB

Percentage Exported: 30-35%, was 50%

British Importers: The Imperial Wine Co Bungay Suffolk NR35 1EH +44(0)1986 892911 www.imperialwine.co.uk The General Wine Co Liphook Hants GU30 7DW +44(0)1428 727744 www.thegeneralwine.co.uk Wines of Quality Barby Rugby CV23 8TR +44(0)1788 890556 www.winesofquality.com

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