Fondrèche, Divergente Rouge, 2016

Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France

Fondrèche, Divergente Rouge, 2016

Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France



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Grape Varietes: Syrah 100% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Sebastien Vincenti Optimum Drinking: 2019-2024 Reviewer Rating: 97 Reviewer: Jeb Dunnuck Code: 103099 Alcohol: 14%
Estate Notes

Fondreche's 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 World’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 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.


“A true vin de garde, the exciting 2016 Ventoux Divergente is made from a small parcel of small-berried Syrah…scents of asphalt and black olive when first poured, only gradually revealing hints of dark berry fruit…a tour de force and a new reference point for Ventoux.”

“…plenty of fruit at its core, and lovely fragrance on the long finish.”

“Reminding me of one of the Sélections Parcellaires Hermitage from Michel Chapoutier, the 2016 Ventoux Divergente is 90% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre that was mostly destemmed and brought up in foudre. Crème de cassis, black raspberries, peppered meats, graphite, and liquid rock notes all flow to a fat, unctuous, sexy Syrah that has beautiful acidity, fine tannin, and a huge finish. It's a true “Wow” wine that needs to be tasted to be believed. Put this in a blind lineup of top Hermitage and shock all your friends.” Jeb Dunnuck