Fontarèche

We have had our eyes on this ancient estate for several years now, and could resist its allure no longer after tasting this impressive collection of wines from 2016. With a history dating back to the tenth century, the current domaine consists of 200 hectares that encircle a fortress constructed in the 12th century. It has been in the ownership of the Comte de Lamy’s family for nine generations, but there is nothing remotely antique about the methods they now employ. The 145 hectares planted to vine lie equally in Corbiere’s appellation and the surrounding IGP’s. The multiplicity of terroirs in this expansive terrain enables them to grow no fewer than 17 different varieties, including some interlopers. We, of course, have chosen to select an introductory range derived exclusively from autochthonous varieties. You will be impressed.

Available Wines

Fontarèche 2016 Corbières Vieilles Vignes

For a small premium, we offer you this full-flavoured but supple wine that benefited from the favorable climatic conditions in 2016. A classic blend of Carignan (40%), Syrah (30%), Mourvèdre (20%) and Grenache (10%), it exemplifies the generous qualities that make the Languedoc, at its best, an incomparable source for interesting wines at challengingly low prices.

Fontarèche 2016 Domaines de Lamy Blanc

It requires a lot of talent and attention to detail to keep whites lively in the torrid south, without compromising their ripeness. This blend of 70% Colombard and 30% Vermentino (or Rolle) is a minor triumph of aromatic exuberance, textural appeal and zippy acidity. The price is ridiculous.

 

Fontarèche 2016 Domaines de Lamy Rouge

Deliciously uncomplicated and seamless red blended from Grenache (50%), Carignan (20%), Syrah (20%) and Alicante Bouschet (10%). It really cannot be beaten for the price!