Tautavel Rouge 'Cistes' Domaine Fontanel 2018

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Producer: Domaine Fontanel
Country: France
Region: Cotes du Roussillon
Grape Variety: Syrah Blend
ABV: 14.5%
Style: Red Wine

Domaine Fontanel Cistes is a fantastic blend of equal parts Grenache Noir and Syrah. The wine is packed full of dark red fruit, ripe damson, hedgerow fruit and lovely herby notes. There are beautiful and attractive oak notes of liquorice, vanilla, cocoa along with thyme on the finish. The grapes are grown in Fontanel’s best southeast facing vineyards located just outside the village of Tautavel. This really is superb value from the wild Cotes du Roussillon appellation.

Domaine Fontanel is an unassuming winery built into the terraced main street of the sleepy town of Tautavel. It couldn’t be owned by a nicer couple in Elodie & Matthieu Collet who took over the Domaine in early 2017 and have set about modernising the winery and applying their own minimal interventionist approach. Pierre Fontanel, the previous owner, remains on the team as consultant wine maker and together they have formed a formidable team of family, tradition and modernity. The Domaine has 20 hectares under vine which are now farmed organically and the youthful philosophy of Elodie and Matthieu is starting to shine through in the vines. The jewel in their crown, are the old barrels of Rivesaltes Ambre that were tucked away in the loft of the winery. These barrels of fortified, sweet Grenache are deliciously versatile pudding wines that, although slightly unfashionable, are terrific value and super popular.

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