2019 Domaine de Fondrèche Ventoux Rouge

SKU #1540306 91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Wild strawberries, blueberries, stones and wild herbs on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, firm tannins. Fresh and fruity with vibrant acidity and a flavorful finish. Inner quote mark (6/2021)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The main production of the estate, the 2019 Ventoux Rouge is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, aged in equal parts barriques, foudres and concrete eggs. Bottled in May 2020, with no additions until bottling (sulfur). It offers impressively concentrated notes of rich mixed berries on the nose, while the palate is medium to full-bodied and supple, folding in blueberries, black cherries and more savory notes of roasted meat and black olives. The wine turns velvety on the lengthy finish, adding a hint of licorice. Although the retail price is yet to be finalized, it'll likely be one of the finest values to be found in the Southern Rhône-the 2018 retails for less than $20. (JC) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A suave and charming wine, with graceful plum and cherry notes swirling along with hints of black tea, singed sandalwood and tobacco. Focused finish. (JM) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

K&L Notes

Located in the foothills of Mont Ventoux lies the one of the top producers in the Ventoux region of the Rhone - Domaine de Fondreche. In the shadow of the mountain, the vines are an average age of 40 years planted in chalky clay over limestone. The Ventoux Rouge is composed of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre and is aged in a mix of vat, foudre and concrete egg.

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By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2021 | Send Email
The wines from Fondreche are always crowd pleasers at great price points, and their Ventoux Rouge hits all the right notes. It shows sweet raspberry fruit, leather, and herbs with a luscious palate and a long, dry, lifted finish. It's totally satisfying, and would go great with a pulled-pork sandwich, or any meal that captures that perfect yin-yang of sweet and savory.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2021 | Send Email
One of our best Southern Rhone acquisitions for our Direct Import portfolio has to be Domaine de Fondreche. One of the top producers in Ventoux, they make compelling wines at a variety of different price points. It's hard to beat the regular Ventoux Rouge though for its engaging and inviting qualities. A glycerol and rich style of Rhone, it has all that sunshine filled fruit of raspberry, cherry and strawberry compote. It is lusty and long on the palate and keeps you coming back to the glass for more. The 2019 vintage hums with harmony and a bit of decadence but stays lithe and balanced all throughout. We have a plethora of excellent producers in all the Rhone region but for its bold fruit-filled style, you should not miss the Fondreche Ventoux rouge!

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