Fondrèche, Il Était Une Fois Rouge, 2016

Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France

Fondrèche, Il Était Une Fois Rouge, 2016

Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6


Grape Varietes: Grenache 80%, Mourvèdre 10%, Syrah 10% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Sebastien Vincenti Optimum Drinking: 2019-2024 Reviewer Rating: 95 Reviewer: Jeb Dunnuck Code: 103098 Alcohol: 14%
Estate Notes

Il Etait Une Fois (‘Once upon a time’) is a magnificent, full-bodied, expression of a great southern Rhône terroir, largely produced from old Grenache vines planted in 1936, and aged for a year in large wooden casks (foudres).

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.


“…softly expansive, gently filling the mouth with flavors of black cherries and raspberries, then adding hints of garrigue, dried spices and cocoa on the long, elegant finish.”

“…The flagship is the 2016 Ventou Il Etais Une Fois, which is mostly Grenache with tiny amounts of Syrah and Mourvèdre brought up all in foudre. Over the previous few years, the quality of this cuvée has soared, and this is one of the finest to date.” Jeb Dunnuck

Monumental palate but utterly gentle, beautifully balanced and deep, with a very long creamy development marked by fresh minerality and fruit purity, and great length.