Domaine de Fenouillet

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Beaumes de Venise, Rhone
People: Patrick & Vincent Soard (Brothers), Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Certified Organic

Items

Domaine de Fenouillet 2015 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Login AG 87 WS 87 <1 Case
Domaine de Fenouillet 2015 Ventoux Rouge AOC Login In Stock
Domaine de Fenouillet (500 ml) 2015 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise AOC New! Login Special Order Item

The Soard brothers, 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 cellars necessary to vinify and bottle the full range of appellations available. In 1989, at the outset of this project, Rosenthal had the good fortune to encounter the family and they 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.

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Reviews

  • Fenouillet 2015 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse
    Vinous
    Rating: 87 (6/1/2016)

    Youthful purple. Aromas of dark berries, cracked pepper and violet carry a subtle hint of fresh herbs. Juicy, tightly focused cassis and bitter cherry flavors show good energy and clarity, and a spicy note adds bite. Finishes smoky and slightly rigid, displaying dusty tannins and repeating spiciness.
  • Fenouillet 2015 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 87 (12/15/2016)

    Silky, with charming plum, cherry and lavender notes gliding through, followed by a light floral echo at the end. Drink now. 651 cases imported.