Grape(s): Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan
Localization: Corbières, Languedoc, France
Tasting Notes: Very sustained color, dark ruby, almost black. The nose is powerful, mixing hot spices and toasted, roasted fragrances. The black fruit is in the background but brings delicacy and gluttony.
The attack is frank, tinged with a freshness that will accompany the entire tasting.
The rich and harmonious mouth reveals a nice fruit that comes to resonate pleasantly with the empyreumatic notes. The whole is perfectly linked, structured by elegant tannins.
Notes: Refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving. No decanting or aeration is required.
Food pairing: Grilled wild seabass, skin on, stuffed with fennel. Pork cheeks in beer. Mature Munster cheese
The Domain: Château Fontarèche is one of the most historical estates in the Languedoc. It has been in the Mignard family since 1642 and is today owned by Jacques De Lamy. The estate is managed, however, by head winemaker Vincent Dubernet, whose father preceded him as consultant winemaker.
The Château is surrounded by an impressive square of 160 hectares of vines, which are sustainably farmed and edged by 10 hectares of forest. The vineyards are divided by the road: those on the north side of the D11, beside and behind the Château, are classified as Corbières AOC, while those to the south of the road are IGP. The vines sit on an ancient limestone terrace and are rooted in a combination of gravel and limestone soil covered by large pebbles; water is easily absorbed but not well retained. The Mediterranean heat can therefore be challenging to manage in the vineyards, and irrigation, when permitted, is widely used in the region. Fontarèche has two kilometers of irrigation channels that surround their vineyards, allowing for effective drip irrigation when necessary, resulting in full physiological ripeness to give wines with lovely vibrancy and supple tannins.