2020 Domaine de Fondrèche "Ile Etait une Fois" Ventoux Rouge (Previously $40)

SKU #1650517 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Black raspberries, wild strawberries, new leather, white pepper, chalky mineral, and violet notes all emerge from the 2020 Ventoux Il Etait Une Fois, another medium to full-bodied, incredibly seamless wine from this great estate. It has an undeniable sense of minerality, plenty of ripe, sexy Grenache character, present yet perfectly ripe tannins, and a great finish. This stunning Ventoux will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for over a decade. Inner quote mark (1/2022)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2023 | Send Email
Looking forward and beyond, Sebastien Vincenti produces a few limited wines that pay tribute to the natural exposure and ancient alluvial soils of the plateau. The "Ile Etait une Fois" which in homage to ancient fables and tales means “Once Upon a Time,” elaborates upon the theme of opulence and effusive power while still achieving a sense of balance and freshness so emblematic of this great estate. Structured and beautifully layered fruit flavors, most notably from venerable Grenache vines dating from 1936, lend this wine a minerality and sinewy elegance that unravels and evolves in the glass.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2023 | Send Email
This sexy and saturated Grenache based wine is the pinnacle of the expression from the Ventoux region. Deeply layered with flavors of strawberry jam, raspberry compote and dried tobacco, this leans right up to indulgent but never goes over the top. For fans of quality Chateauneuf - this will throw punches with the best of them in the ring. A must for you Rhone collectors out there!

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