Domaine de Fondrèche Ventoux Il Etait Une Fois Rouge 2019

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This is the top Grenache wine from one of the top producers in the Ventoux, if not the whole Rhone. Take note.

Il Etait Une Fois means ‘Once upon a time’. Sebastien started making this wine 10 years ago - when the vines were old enough to create a truly great style of Grenache which tastes like Pinot Noir.

The vines are now 85 years old and sit on clay-chalk soil, which give an incredible richness and complexity to the grapes.

On the nose… wild herbs, pepper and raspberry jump out of the glass. When you taste it it’s soft, pure and velvety, with a long, toasty, mineral finish. It’s so so good.

If you like Chateauneuf du Pape, with an whiff of extra freshness and drinkability, this is right up your street.

It’s a tiny production wine, only made in the best years, and mostly sold in Michelin starred restaurants. So it’s a real coup that you can enjoy it for a relative snip on WineSpark.

Wine type Red
Grape(s) 80% Grenache 10% Syrah 10% Mourvedre
Country France
Region of origin Rhone Valley
Appellation Ventoux
Vintage 2019
Alcohol % 14.5%
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 12 months
Type of Oak One Stockinger Wooden Vat
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 85 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 250m
Soil type(s) Plateau of flints
Closure Type Natural cork
Is this wine organic? Yes, without certification
Biodynamic? Yes, without certification
Sustainably produced? Yes
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Ageing potential 15 years
Ideal drinking window 2025 - 2030

It was on my hunt for southern Rhone gems that my winemaker friend Denis Crespo gave me great advice. ‘Think about the Ventoux’ he told me, ‘the value and potential here is enormous’.

So when he connected me with Sebastien Vincenti of Domaine de Fondreche, arguably the Ventoux’s top producer, I couldn’t believe my luck.

Read more about Sebastien here

To go all out, try this at the top of Mont Ventoux at a restaurant called La Terrasse du Chalet Reynard - great food and views. The wine goes particularly well with local Ventoux free-range pork.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
K Robinson (Ballinasloe)
A superb wine. Top class.

Truly Excellent.

Thomas F Creed (Cork)
This GSM is superb. As good as an excellent Ch Neuf de Papes

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