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2015 Domaine de Fontbonau Côtes-du-Rhône

SKU #1496242 Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Mid crimson. Quite a gamey nose. Then very rich and spicy on the palate. Just a bit too much for me. But would be very rewarding for those who seek concentration and ripeness. Quite a statement! (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

K&L Notes

A joint project between Frédéric Engerer of Château Latour and Jérôme Malet, a vine grower from the Roussillon, Domaine de Fontbonau is a newer property, but hardly timid. Their purported goal is to achieve the best Côtes du Rhône in the world, and they’ve chosen a 42-hectare property in the Enclave des Papes to make this dream come true. Childhood friends, Jérôme and Frédéric were each enamored of the wine industry and pursued careers in this sphere separately. Their friendship continued over the years and eventually they joined forces, founding Domaine de Fontbonau in 2008. The estate of Fontbonau produces not only wine, but also olives, lavender, honey, and truffles. The farming is all organic, and the team at Fontbonau has worked to restore the estate’s historic vineyards and to plant further varieties there too. We have been buying Domaine de Fontbonau wines since 2010, and each vintage is better than the last. The 2015 vintage was a truly great one for many parts of France, with the Rhône being no exception. Full-fruited and rich, with elegant structure and bright acidity, this Côtes du Rhône drinks like an elegant Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but with more approachability. At five years past vintage date, it’s completely integrated, as the tannin structure has mellowed into a pleasant textural element as the fruit begins to show some depth and development. What a great pairing for hearty entrées this autumn and winter, such as a rack of lamb.

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