Ventoux Rosé Domaine de Fondrèche 2016
Domaine de Fondrèche, Mazan, Ventoux
“One of the leading estates in the up-and-coming Ventoux appellation is unquestionably Sebastien Vincenti and Manou Barthelemy’s Domaine de Fondrèche.” Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate December 2016 Sébastien Vincenti of Domaine de Fondrèche is widely recognised as one of the two best producers in Ventoux and to make things even better, he keeps a reasonable pricing policy despite his ever-increasing reputation and growing international demand. His 38 hectares estate comprises three distinct vineyard sites located in three different communes: Mazan, Mormoiron and Saint Pierre de Vassols. The majority, a plot of 28 hectares around the domaine itself, consists of clay and limestone gravel soils, with the focus on red wine production. This is the historic heart of Fondrèche and is situated on a plateau, which has the ideal drainage capability, retaining enough water in times of drought, but draining well in times of rain. Regular breezes and marked diurnal temperature fluctuations ensure that the grapes mature gently and evenly, whilst also retaining plenty of natural freshness and vitality. Two further plots, totalling 10 hectares, have sand and silt soils, which are perfect for the production of elegant white and rosé wines. Although these sites would be considered late ripening terroirs for the Southern Rhône, they ripen earlier than most of Ventoux, so the fruit always retains good acidity. If some terroirs of the Southern Rhône are able to produce wines of real depth, as well as a strong mineral seam, then Fondrèche is surely worthy to be considered amongst them. The vines are worked in a very natural way, the aim being to create perfect harmony between the vine, the soil and the environment. No chemical herbicides are used. The soil is worked mechanically in order to drive the roots deep. Grass cover is encouraged in the rows. Any treatments are 100% natural. Yields are never excessive, with the priority being a balanced crop of quality fruit that respects the mother vines. All stages of vineyard and cellar work are determined by .the lunar calendar. Sébastien’s wines are polished and seductive, yet he always strives to fine-tune his techniques as each vintage passes.
Pale salmon pink Ventoux Rosé Domaine de Fondrèche 2016 is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, with a pretty bouquet of strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb and spice. Dry, medium bodied with a fresh fruit finish, this makes a delicious aperitif, but also pairs well with lighter seafood dishes.
Grape: 50% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 20% Grenache