Tautavel Rouge 'Cistes' Domaine Fontanel 2020

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Producer: Domaine Fontanel
Country: France
Region: Languedoc - Roussillon
Sub Region: Tautavel
Grape Variety: Syrah/Grenache Noir
ABV: 14.5%
Style: Red Wine
Classification: Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel AOC

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. Pierre Fontanel, the previous owner, remains on the team as consultant wine maker and together they have formed a formidable team which blends the traditional knowhow of Pierre with the modern, forward-thinking approach of Elodie and Matthieu. 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 winery has always had a reputation for making quality wines, but it might be fair to say that under Pierre the wines were quite old school, relatively high in tannin and not very approachable in their youth. This has been remedied and the wines are now softer, juicier and fruit driven. Elodie and Matthieu also continue to make fortified styles of wine which are deliciously versatile pudding wines that, although slightly unfashionable, are terrific value and super popular.

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