Cotes Catalanes Rouge - Domaine Fontanel 2018
This great little wine from the Pyranean foothills is made from the young Syrah and Grenache vines of Domaine Fontanel but with the exceptional care afforded to their whole range. No oak was used for maturation so the wine has plenty of pure fruit flavours and as the maceration was relatively short (about two weeks) it has not taken on bold tannins. That is not to say that it doesn't have some power and the price notes on the palate make ths a perfect partner to grilled or roasted meats, game birds wild boar. A fantastic wine for the money.
- Country: France
- Region: Roussillon
- Subregion: Cotes Catalanes
- Vintage: 2018
- Colour: Red
- Grape Variety: Syrah, Grenache
- ABV: 13%
- Bottle Size: 75cl
- Closure: Natural cork
- Style: Dark fruits and spice
- Drink With: Game birds and roasted or grilled meats.
About the grower
This exceptional domaine based in Tautavel in the foothills of the Pyrenees is making superb wines in all styles. Winemaking at the domaine can be traced back for 6 generations but now, under the careful management of Elodie and Matthieu Collet, the wines are perhaps the finest of the Maury appellation.
There are currently just 20 hectares in production which although is not organic, is not so far from it. No weed-killers or fertilizers are used and chemicals in general are kept to a bare minimum.
Elodie and Matthieu have only been responsible for the vineyards and wines since 2017 but the signs for the future are first class.
This is Catalan country and the soils are heavy with schist in parts and with clay limestone in others. These can both produce wines of great smoothness that have mellow tannins and in terms of the schistous soils, great freshness thanks to the lively acidity.
The Grenache Noir grape is king here for all of the red wines and occasionally Syrah is added to the dry wines to give added depth and complexity. The area is also known for sweet white wines based on the Muscat grape (aux petits grains) that make wines suitable for many pleasures!