The sandy soils that half of these vines are planted on really come through strongly, lending exquisite finesse and poise to the wine. This is not an old-fashioned, bruising Châteauneuf, rather a very polished classic. A blend of 90% Grenache, from two parcels of vines, one in Bedarrides and one in the Nalys sector, that range from between 40 to 80 years old, ¹/³ of which was destalked. Beautifully bright, clear, red/purple in colour, super refi ned, seamless flavours of damson, Victoria plum and griotte cherry, touches of fruit liqueur, long, graceful and moreish to the finish.
2010 is the fourth vintage of this tiny Châteauneuf production that spans two parcels: Le Pointu in the sandy Nalys/Rayas sector of the appellation and Crois de Boix from Bédarrides. 2007, 2008 and 2009 were made in conjunction with owner Charles Blagden and Eric from Domaine Cros de la Mûre and the wine carried the Cros de la Mûre label, from the 2010 vintage onwards the wine will now be made by Charles and the young Gonnets of Domaine Font de Michelle. The vineyards are being farmed organically and fermentation for the Grenache is in steel whilst the other varieties are blended together and fermented in demi-muid barrels. Bois Pointu has surpassed its 2007 to make an exquisite vintage; this is one of the top wines in Châteauneuf.