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

Ch. Fontarèche 2017 Corbières Blanc Vieilles Vignes

In a way, what oenologue Vincent Dubernet achieves with white wines is even more remarkable than reds, given the difficulty of the local climate. This shapely, fresh white beautifully captures the exotic perfume and round texture of Roussanne (60%) and the flowery, more piquant qualities of Grenache Blanc. The result is a triumph of cool winemaking in a hot place. (Grenache Blanc and Roussanne)

Ch. Fontarèche 2017 Corbières Rosé Tradition

When was the last time you had a wine based on 50% of Picpoul Noir? This rarity lends a mysteriously exotic aromatic tone to the more familiar fruity qualities of Syrah and Grenache, which make up the wines balance. The 2016 vintage sold out ion a flash last year. We bought more of the amazingly tasty 2017. Snap it up!

Dom. Fontarèche 2016 Grenache Noir (Pays d’Oc)

This kind of straightforward but shapely wine gives the voguish Garnachas from over the border in Spain a serious run for their money.

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 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!