From: Languedoc, France
Varietals: 90% Grenache Gris, 5% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre
The first vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte, in the Corbières appellation, were planted by the Romans. Artifacts found in these vineyards, such as an old coin dating from the time of Marcus Agrippa in 25 A.D., are a testament to its antiquity. The original domaine was built around a thermal spring, later named for the local, twelfth-century patron saint, Saint Siméon; hence Fontsainte—the saint’s fount. Yves Laboucarié’s family has been making wine here since the seventeenth century.
Like his father, one of the first vignerons working with whole cluster fermentation in the region, Bruno believes strongly in the family’s legacy of innovation. He has re-equipped the cellars, replanted new vines, and even added new cuvées. Frankly, they’ve made no secret as to why they’ve been working with them since 1978, and are quite proud of their long-standing relationship (as they should be; in the wine world, this is a rare partnership indeed).
Tasting Notes: Expressive and particularly tonic, the wine immediately gives off notes of raspberry, cherry, and freshly picked strawberries - followed by exotic aromas such as pineapple and mango. A direct and considerable freshness - the density and richness of the fruit mingle with the superb acid vitality giving a wine a frisson and a magnificent persistency. Stunningly balanced, this is a highly appealing wine!
Pairing: This wine has a hugely versatile style that will stand up to big flavors such as anchovy, olives, garlic, saffron, and pimenton (as well as by itself).
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