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2012 Red Wines from Domaine de Fondrèche


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Domaine de Fondrèche has been producing wines for nearly two decades.  Purchased by Nanou Barthelemy it is run by her son Sebastien Vincenti.  He apprenticed under Andre Brunel and has been inspired by such famous winemakers as Didier Dagueneau, Yvon Metras, and Marcel Lapierre.  The 38 hectare estate has vineyards located in three distinct communes.  Whereas the Fayard is a estate blend, the Nadal, Persia, and Il Était Une Fois are so called Identi-Terres wines meant to reflect specific yet unstated terroir.  The 2012 Domaine de Fondrèche, Fayard, Ventoux is a good introduction to the domaine’s wines.  This strong value has dense black fruit that matches a creamy and tannic core.   For me the Grenache based wines were my favorite.  The 2012 Domaine de Fondrèche, Nadal, Ventoux had serious, deep flavors.  The 2012 Domaine de Fondrèche, Il Était Une Fois, Ventoux offered a different perspective from the old-vine Grenache.  It showed more acidity, leaving crisp, fresh impressions along with flavors that had grip.  As a whole, the 2012 vintage at Domaine de Fondreche has produced a lovely set of wines that require short-term aging.   If you do try them now then be sure to give them a long time in the decanter.  Otherwise just age them in your cellar.  I would not be surprised if the Nadal and Il Était Une Fois show even better after a few years.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine de Fondrèche, Fayard, Ventoux – $15
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 14%. There was a little roast on the nose.  The flavors improved on the second night when the dense-like black fruit surrounded a creamy core.  The wine is young, oscillating between creamy and tannic natures.  There was salivating acidity in the end as tannins coated the teeth and blue fruit came out in the aftertaste.  **(*) 2015-2020.

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2012 Domaine de Fondrèche, Nadal, Ventoux – $20
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre that was aged one year in a mixture of eggs, barriques, and foudres.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose revealed wet red and black fruit that mixed with some roast.  In the mouth were robust flavors, tannins, and an underpinning of ripe strawberry.  This young wine had depth.  It was primarily black fruited, developing ripeness towards the finish. This wine offers serious, clean fruit, and a spicy aftertaste.  It too oscillated in nature so it is best cellared.  *** 2016-2024.

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2012 Domaine de Fondrèche, Persia, Ventoux – $20
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that was aged one year in barriques and foudres.  Alcohol 14.5%.  There were black fruit flavors in the mouth, toast, roast earth, and good acidity.  The black fruit was young and framed in an ample structure of drying tannins.  With extended air it picked up a smoke note and graphite.  **(*) 2016-2026.

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2012 Domaine de Fondrèche, Il Était Une Fois, Ventoux – $37
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache from 74 year old vines, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre that was aged in eggs and foudres.  Alcohol 14.5%.  There were dense flavors of tart, black fruit that had good flavor and citric grip.  The wine had  a lovely crispness, leaving a very fresh impression.  There were some wood notes and ample structure.  *** 2016-2026.

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