Domaine de Fenouillet 2017 Rose, Ventoux AOC

Domaine de Fenouillet 2017 Rose, Ventoux AOC

Item Number: 11558

UPC: 0-855152001517

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub Region: Southern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Ventoux AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 34% Mourvedre / Grenache / Syrah
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic

The lovely Soard family suffered a triple blow during the 2017 growing season: poor flowering, frost, and hydric stress, which resulted in losses upwards of 30%. Their terrific-value rosé—the scant quantities of which never satisfies the U.S. market (2 HA of parcels)—was sharply affected, resulting in an even more frustratingly limited situation than normal. On the upside, the 2017 Ventoux Rosé is particularly outstanding, the aftermath of the maladies resulting in a higher percentage of the complexity-delivering Mourvedre than usual—in this case, one-third of the wine (with Grenache, plus a touch of Syrah, completing the balance). Its exceptionally pale color this vintage is deceiving, as it delivers plenty of body and richness, with a lingering sensation of dryness and intensity. It is especially impressive given its almost unbelievably low price.