Domaine de Fondrèche Divergente Rouge 2017

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SKU
103325

"Smoke, black olive and blueberry notes mark the nose of this full-bodied, sturdy wine. Concentrated and ripe, it's even a bit plummy on the palate, but it finishes fresh and zesty." eRobertParker.com

Now £34.00 Was £40.00
Total £34.00
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Grape Blend Syrah 90%, Mourvèdre 10%
Optimum Drinking 2020-2030
Winemaker Sebastien Vincenti
Organic No
Reviewer Score 96
Reviewer Jeb Dunnuck
SKU 103325
ABV 14.00%

Domaine Fondrèche 2018 Divergente is absolutely sensational - reminiscent of a top-flight Hermitage in all but price, and we are delighted to have secured a small allocation of this new limited production cuvée from the superstar estate of the southern Rhône.

Crafted from very rare old vine Syrah planted in 1961, the Divergente is Syrah at a level that winemaker Sebastien Vincenti has never seen before, and that is saying something from one of the Rhône's best winemakers.

Sébastien Vincenti and Nanou Barthélemy's Domaine de Fondrèche is widely recognised as one of the very best producers in the Ventoux appellation. What is more, their fine red and white wines remain exceptional value, despite the ever increasing fame and demand.

Winemaker Sebastien Vincenti loves his terroir and believes that his vines are stronger when treated naturally, including 100% organic manure, no chemical herbicides, and complimentary planting between rows to prevent erosion, promote microbial life and aerate the soil.

"From Syrah planted in 1955, the 2017 Divergente was aging in a two-year-old foudre when I tasted it back in June. Smoke, black olive and blueberry notes mark the nose of this full-bodied, sturdy wine. Concentrated and ripe, it's even a bit plummy on the palate, but it finishes fresh and zesty." robertparker.com

"There's one foudre each of the 2017 Ventoux Divergente. It's from the best terroir of the domaine and is 90% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Aromas of blackberries, liquid rocks, crushed violets, and spring flowers, full body, a seamless texture, beautiful acidity, and a great, great finish all make for one of the best Ventoux releases out there." Jeb Dunnuck

A large cask from old Syrah vines singled out for its superb quality, and bottled separately after a year on the lees, this magnificent wine stands comparison with the great wines of the northern Rhône. Massive black fruits, warm torrefied spice and mineral rock, with kirsch, intense violet and lavender, sweet leather and savoury herbal notes. Creamy and opulent - very concentrated, well-balanced, velvety and complete - more exuberant than subtle.

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