2017 Cuvée Fontenille Red
Black Grenache (70 %) and Syrah (30 %).
Clay, limestone and marl soils facing south. Located at the bottom of Luberon mountain.
Certified organic. Manual harvests, early in the morning, after maturity control and berries tasting. Grapes from a selection of parcels. Rigorous green pruning from bud break to harvest (disbudding, thinning, leaf removal). Yield of 25hl / ha, below the maximum yield allowed by the appellation (55hl / ha).
Transport of harvest via vibrating trucks after a first sorting on the parcel. 2nd manual sorting on vibrating sorting table at the entrance of the winery. Destemming and then crushing before gravity incubation. Short cold pre-fermentation. Mono varietal fermentation under controlled temperature in concrete tanks. Post-fermentation maceration during several weeks before juices are poured and marcs pressed. Malolactic fermentation before winter in both concrete and steel tanks.
Concrete and stainless steel tanks for more than 12 months.
What a character! The nose is a mix of well-evolved black cherry notes and the spices of a beautiful Syrah from our sunniest parcels. Very intense and seductive, these notes are the promise of a complex mouth. The attack confirms the promise with generosity, roundness and concentration. A nice structure with new notes of black fruits bringing freshness and variation.
To contrast with this full bodied wine, it is appropriate to associate relatively powerful dishes and dare to take risk: boar auburn with chocolate and red berries, lamb roasted with thyme, roast duck with ceps ... Do not be mistaken, if this red guard knows perfectly how to marry with powerful meats, it also knows how to harmoniously accompany delicate desserts: black forest or fondant chocolate with red fruits.
Decanter World : 89/100 (v2016), 88/100 (v2015)
Wine Advocate : 85/100 (v2016)
Concours Vignerons Indépendants : gold medal (v2014)