Fondrèche, Ventoux Rouge, 2014

Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France

Fondrèche, Ventoux Rouge, 2014

Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France



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Grape Varietes: Grenache 50%, Syrah 40%, Mourvèdre 10% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Sebastien Vincenti Optimum Drinking: 2017-2021 Reviewer Rating: 90 Reviewer: Code: 102792 Alcohol: 14%
Estate Notes

Domaine Fondrèche's Ventoux Rouge 2014 is an organic spicy southern French red, which offers Châteauneuf-du-Pape like flavours at a fraction of the price. A truly great buy from the spectacular Ventoux region and the increasingly lauded winemaker Sebastien Vincenti.

The Ventoux Rouge received a full year’s élevage (ageing); in small barrels for the Syrah and Mourvèdre and larger casks and small ovoid cuvées for the Grenache. This exciting blend, so redolent of the south, keeps getting better with every vintage. So much wine for so little price. Sebastien Vincenti loves his Ventoux 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 of the soil. 


“A terrific wine from this under-the-radar appellation (yet top wines from this estate shouldn’t surprise anyone), the 2014 Ventoux Domaine Rouge checks in as a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre that was aged in a combination of tanks, foudres and barrels. Possessing gorgeous notes of liquid blackberry, cracked pepper, crushed rock and wild herbs, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless, with an upfront, ready to go style that’s ideal for drinking in its youth. It’s a no-brainer at the price.”

"Brilliant violet. Cherry pit and blackberry on the spice-accented nose and in the mouth. Shows appealing sweetness and vivacity, picking up a hint of succulent herbs as the wine opens up. Fine-grained tannins sneak up slowly and give shape to the finish, which lingers with good, spicy tenacity." Josh Raynolds

Black fruits, cherry and kirsch on the nose, with hints of lavender and wild sarriette herbs, clove, liquorice and natural vanillin spice, and deep underlying limestone minerality. Well-balanced acidity and underlying minerality give focused fruit on the front, there's ample concentration on the centre, fine-grained tannins, generous fruit and spice development, and fresh aromatic length.