Domaine Fondreche, Ventoux Rouge, Divergente, Rhone, France
"Black and blue fruits, violets, graphite, and hints of violets emerge from this fabulous barrel sample that's full-bodied and has beautiful purity as well as notable concentration." Jeb Dunnuck
|Grape Blend||Syrah 90%, Mourvèdre 10%|
Domaine Fondrèche 2018 Divergente is absolutely sensational - reminiscent of a top-flight Hermitage in all but price, and are delighted to have secured a small allocation of this new, very 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.
"There's a single foudre of the 2018 Ventoux Divergente, and as always, it's primarily Syrah from very old vines grown on limestone soils. Black and blue fruits, violets, graphite, and hints of violets emerge from this fabulous barrel sample that's full-bodied and has beautiful purity as well as notable concentration. I love its tannins, purity of fruit, and overall balance." Jeb Dunnuck
Very concentrated aromas with dense spice and rich black fruits and kirsch, and notes of violet, lavender, herbs and cypress, mocha, leather and black olive; deep mineral base. The palate as yet closed, but fresh and balanced, with a very concentrated core of fruit coating rich melded spice in the tannins, and deep minerality beneath; a long closed smoky but fresh development, macerated but fresh and lifted, and a long aromatic finish.
"This reference point estate in Ventoux continues to make a bevy of brilliant wines." Jeb Dunnuck