2013 Domaine de Fontbonau Côtes du Rhône (Previously $28)

SKU #1324201 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 My favorite of the reds, the 2013 Côtes du Rhône Domaine de Fontbonneau is medium-bodied and lightly textured, with a sappy quality in its lavender, spring flowers, mint and strawberry aromas and flavors. Made from 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah, completely destemmed and aged 18 months in barrels, it needs six to 12 months in bottle to round into form and will drink well for 5-7 years. (JD)  (3/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Features a well-integrated toasty edge, showing ample energy to the core of black cherry and blackberry fruit, all backed by a brambly, anise-fueled finish. (JM)  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

Domaine de Fontbonau is a partnership between the president of Château Latour, Frédéric Engerer, and Jérôme Sarda Malet. This blend of Grenache and Syrah is sourced from vines aged 30-70 years. The 2013 Domaine Fontbonau Côtes du Rhône drinks more like a fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape than a Côtes-du-Rhône. Thanks to the old vines and soil composition this wine has impressive structure and depth. It’s loaded with dark berry fruit, silky tannins and complex structure. It drinks like a wine easily double the price. Enjoy this succulent red with lighter red meats and earthier fare. It’s a great match for lamb or veal.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 15