2008 Château de Fonsalette Côtes-du-Rhône

SKU #1143906 90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light red. Sexy, fragrant scents of Moroccan spices, dried strawberry, raspberry and minerals, plus a whiff of cherry skin. Very sexy, sweet red fruit flavors are perked up by blood orange and smoky minerals, with dusty tannins adding support. Impressively pure and focused wine with excellent finishing clarity and a whiplash of cinnamon. This reminded me of a high-end Pernand-Vergelesses. (JR)  (1/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Fonsalette Cotes du Rhones is a lighter version, as one might expect from this much more challenging vintage. It displays loads of earthiness, licorice and herbaceousness, but underneath is some very sweet fruit, especially plum, fig, truffle and black cherry. It should be drunk in its first 7-8 years of life. (RP)  (10/2012)

Wine Spectator

 A gentle, old-school style, with singed sandalwood, savory, bergamot and blood orange notes layered together and gliding through a silky, perfumy finish. (JM, Web-2013)

K&L Notes

Château de Fonsalette is a second estate of Chateau Rayas and features an uniquely high Cinsault component to the varietal blend (about 1/3).

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