Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Rouge
The first vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte were planted by the Romans. The original domaine was built around a thermal spring, which was later named for the local, 12th-century patron saint, Saint Siméon; hence Fontsainte - the saint’s fount. The Laboucarié family has been making wine there since the 17th century. Winemaker Bruno, like his father, believes in the family’s legacy of innovation. He has re-equipped the cellars, replanted vines, and added new cuvées. This Fontsainte Rouge is a blend 60% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, and 10% Syrah. The vines are hand harvested and see six months in French oak. On the nose, you will find generous notes of fresh red fruits, such as cherries, black fruits, and blueberries. Next, the richness develops with notes of cacao powder and a delicate touch of licorice. On the palate: round and concentrated with a balanced structure, the tannins are delicate and the acidity luscious. Everything showcases the fruit, which follows up with a long finish.