Fontsainte Corbieres ‘Demoiselles’ 2014
Fontsainte Corbieres ‘Demoiselles’ 2014| Bottle Price: $16.99 | Case Price: $183.49
The ‘Demoiselles’ vineyard was planted in 1904. Yes, this month you get to experience wine from vines over 100 years old. Grapes for this cuvee are harvested late in the year (October) so the ripeness and concentration are apparent. The juice is fermented in a combination of French oak and cement tank, a combination that lends complexity but vibrancy to the wine.
There is something completely beguiling on the nose of this blend – it’s rich and deep with black fruits and roasted wild herbs. Juicy flavors of brambly forest berry fruit (blackberry, loganberry, black raspberry, and black currants) are accented by a beautiful herbal finish. The blend is comprised of 60% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, and 10% Mourvèdre. Pair this with Slow-Roasted Pork with garlic and fennel (a lazy woman’s Porchetta) – this wine’s fruit and herbal notes shine alongside succulent pork.
Corbieres is an important appellation in the Languedoc region of southern France. The Fontsainte vineyards are in the area known as “The Golden Crescent.” This swath of land is one of the sunniest in the appellation and enjoys a south-southeast exposure, and protection from the cold, northeast winds by a large forest. The cooler sea breezes from the Mediterranean help this sun-soaked terroir achieve balance in its wines.