2017 Rhône En Primeur
Domaine Font de Courtedune, Châteauneuf du Pape
Brother and sister, Frédéric and Caroline Charrier run this domaine, with Frédéric in the vines and Beaune-educated Caroline in the winery. Their vines lie on the Rayas /Courthézon side of Châteauneuf du Pape, extending into the neighbouring Côtes du Rhône appellation. Here, sandy soils give naturally fine, elegant, lighter-of-step wine styles, which Caroline harnesses with her gentle, traditional winemaking approach. There is no destemming or punching down during fermentation (“just a little pumping over of the juice”), the wines being both fermented and aged entirely in concrete vats. This is a rising star of the appellation.