Domaine de Fontsainte
Posted 6 years ago by Kurt Winegardner
A rosé is a rosé is a rosé, or…maybe it’s a grenache gris.
If you cannot imagine yourself reclining on a front porch during a warm spring evening smelling the lilac bushes while munching pumpkin cookies with a chilled bottle of Domaine Fontsainte Gris de Gris read no further.
Gris de Gris (mostly Grenache Gris and Noir) is the bottle I see in ice buckets on sidewalk cafe tables overlooking the Mediterranean. Watching passersby, laughing with friends, slurping down oysters, foie gras and goat cheese on a crusty baguette. Oh my, it must be wintertime in Montana.
Fontsainte grapes are grown in “the crescent triangle” near the village of Corbieres in the Languedoc. Bruno, the young proprietor, tells us his southeast facing vineyards are among the sunniest in his appellation. They are protected from the cold northern wind known as “Le Mistral” by the forest just to the north. Combine a cooling summer breeze coming off the Mediterranean in summer with clay/limestone soil and Bruno has a dream recipe for a balanced rose wine. The fruit balances the acid; it is neither too sweet nor too sour. Gris de Gris tastes like a peach without the flesh dancing on your tongue.
After tasting through all four of the wines from his estate I have to agree with Bruno who says, “good wines are made in the vineyard.”
Have you ever had a pink lady from the apple tree growing next to the vineyards at Pepperbridge? Apple tree terroir matters just like grape terroir.
One of the many common traits Kermit Lynch producers have is making wine from grapes grown naturally in the proper terroir. You wouldn’t plant a cool climate grape like Riesling in the south, nor would you plant a warm climate grape like Mourvèdre in the north. The concept of terroir will be an on-going theme for our understanding of fine wine.
Here’s a video greeting from Bruno Laboucarie, winemaker and owner of Domaine de Fontsainte.
Suggested Retail $14.95