Domaine de Fontenille

France

After successfully developing various luxury fashion brands, partners Frédéric Biousse and Guillaume Foucher decided to sell their shares in the company in order to devote their time and resources to resurrecting historic properties to former glory while connecting them to agricultural projects focused on organic and bio-dynamic practices. Their first project is Domaine de Fontenille in Lubéron. Along with a Rélais & Châteaux hotel, the property has 43 ha organically farmed vineyards, fields, a forest, and an organic garden that supplies the hotel’s two restaurants. The fact that the vineyards and garden do not have any direct neighbours ensures the purity of the agricultural operation.

The winery and vineyards are managed by Joan Poillet and enologist Xavier Balespouey.

Wines

Cuvée Fontenille Blanc · Profile

A delightful blend of 60% Rolle (the local name for Vermentino) and 20% each of Grenachhe Blanc and Clairette. The wine spends about three months on fine lees before a gentle filtration prior to bottling. The intend of the wine is to present a fresh and fruit driven image of the terroir. In the nose, notes of ripe yellow fruit are accentuated by a pleasant touch of honey. The fresh acidity provides backbone and balance, leading into a smooth, refreshing finish.

SKU 827258

Cuvée Fontenille Blanc · Pairing

This wine pairs well with refreshing summer salads, grilled and lightly marinated fish and seafood, as well as soft cheeses and poultry dishes.

Cuvée Fontenille Rosé · Profile

A more fuller bodied interpretation of a dry rosé wine when compared to the normal rosé wines from Provence. The wine is a carefully crafted blend of 50% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, and 10% Mourvèdre. The grapes are mechanically harvested between 2:00 and 8:00 in the morning to ensure maximum freshness. Temperature controlled fermentation takes place in stainless steel. The aroma of the wine is reminiscent of a morning walk through a blooming garden with various nuances of fresh and exotic smells. On the palate there is an explosion of lively fruit, leading into a long, slightly salty finish.

SKU 827259

Cuvée Fontenille Rosé · Pairing

This wine is versatile companion for many preparations and always best enjoyed with friends. Salmon carpaccio, a delicate charcuterie board, grilled fish, beef tartare, Salade Nicoise, and suhi are just some of the plates that pair well with this wine.

Cuvée Fontenille Rouge · Profile

An exquisite blend of 70% Grenache Noir and 30% Syrah. The yield is reduced to 25 hl/ ha to end up with healthy, fully ripened grapes that display the best characteristics of the respective varietal. In the nose, intense aromas of cassis, plums, and cherry provide a seductive background to explore the richness of Grenache and elegance of Syrah. The flavours are well harmonized with ripe tannins and fresh acidity, giving way to a long, smooth finish.

SKU 827908

Cuvée Fontenille Rouge · Pairing

A good match with roasted duck and mushrooms, grilled lamb with thyme, and Daube de Chevreuil with dark chocolate and red berries.