Domaine Anne Gros “Les Fontanilles” Minervois, 2012

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/45a/12206980/files/2015/01/img_4012.jpgA well known producer in Burgundy, Anne Gros and partner Jean Paul Tollot decided to skip down to Cazelles in Minervois (a small appellation in the Languedoc) and re-cultivate an old vineyard. The diversity of the soil (limestone, clay & sandstone) the age and variety of the old vines (Carignan, Grenache, Syrah & Cinsault) and the identical altitude to her vineyard in Vosne-Romanee, inspired the whole hearted move to the south. Les Fontanilles, their signature wine pictured above, comes from a blend of the aforementioned grapes grown in small plots on a northeast facing slope surrounded by pines, rosemary and thyme. Harvested by hand, matured 50% in oak and 50% in stainless steel, the wine is a seamless combination of mature fruits and freshness, hints of spice and a deep earthy undertone. Unlike other Languedoc reds though, it somehow maintains a delicate nature not unlike a Burgundy, which affirms Anne’s skill and understanding of grape cultivation and terroir.

 

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