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2020 Domaine de Fenouillet Ventoux Rosé: Southern Rhône Valley, France


Tasting Notes

This wine is incredibly lovely! Full of fresh bright, strawberries and raspberry aromas with a juicy melange of red berries, peach, nectarine and citrus on the palate.  Refreshing, clean and focused. It's medium body and low acidity makes this wine totally crushable. Pair this wine with a fresh board of charcuterie and your favorite fruits for an afternoon in the sunshine. 

Winery Details

The brothers Soard, Patrick and Vincent, own and operate this impeccable domaine the cellars of which are situated in the village of Beaumes de Venise, in the shadows of Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail. They trace their lineage as vignerons back to their great-grandfather, Casimir Soard, whose wines were winning medals as early as 1902. Their grandfather, Louis Soard, specialized in the production of the celebrated Muscat de Beaumes de Venise during the 1950s and his son, Yvon, father to Patrick and Vincent, continued to work and expand the vineyards in Beaumes de Venise and the surrounding communes, although he rendered his grapes to the local cooperative rather than vinifying and commercializing the wines of the domaine. In 1988, Patrick and Vincent, with the encouragement of their mother, Nicole, decided to renew the fame of the estate and constructed the chai and cellars necessary to vinify and bottle the full range of appellations available. In 1989, at the outset of this project, we had the good fortune to encounter the family and we immediately engaged to be their importer for the American market.

The vineyards of the domaine are scattered over seven different communes, including, of course, Beaumes de Venise and the surrounding villages. The appellations include Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Ventoux (vineyards in the communes of Saint Hippolyte, Piniere, Aubignan and Barroux), Muscat de Beaumes de Venise and Beaumes de Venise (vineyards in Beaumes de Venise, La Roque Alric and Suzette). The Soard family has always farmed with great concern for the environment and now all of the wines produced at the domaine are certified “organic”.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Domaine de Fenouillet

Grape(s): 40% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah

Style: Rosé, dry

Origin: Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône Valley, France

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, and vinified partially by direct press and partially by “saignée”, the juice is naturally clarified after a cold “débourbage” of 24 hours Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Aged on the lees for 4 to 6 months before bottling.

Aging: Aged in stainless steel vats.

% ABV: 13.0%