La Fontésole – les Vignerons de Fontès
Heading north from the pretty market town of Pézenas, near the Bassin de Thau, you soon find yourself in the hilly countryside heading up to Clermont l’Herault. For many years I have cycled through the peaceful village of Fontès past the unassuming Cave de Vignerons. It was founded in 1930 by 30 vignerons and has expanded this number to 200 over the years. This Spring I noticed that the entrance to the traditional building has been modernised. Inside, the reception and tasting area are much improved.
With this in mind I called in last month, and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality and remarkable value for money of their wines. They are best known for their rosés, which make up nearly 60% of their production. But it is the new energy being put into their reds that attracted me.
Out of the many wines that we tasted, there were two stand-out reds that simply epitomised all that is delicious about soft fruity reds for summer drinking. Something that is perfect for a glass on it’s own, or with barbecues and al fresco meals. They are just made for summer drinking…
We are offering a Mixed Case of 12 bottles, with 6 bottles of each of
Le Cazalou 2015
Merlot with the addition of some Syrah and Grenache make up this inspired blend. It is a bright young purple colour with a mouth-watering fruity nose. On the palate this is full of vivid raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, with a hint of liquorice at the finish – all too easy to drink! Try it chilled in the garden. Simple but delicious!
Les Larmes du Volcan 2014
Made with 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre, grown in the volcanic terroir of the local hills surrounding Fontès, the grapes are vinified at a carefully controlled temperature, and no oak is used, to maximise the vibrant fruit.
It is deep in colour with a racy nose of blackcurrant and cherries. In the mouth it is deliciously fruity with loads of black cherry fruit, a velvety texture, hints of chocolate and soft, ripe tannins.