Domaine de Fenouillet 2018 Rose, Ventoux AOC

Domaine de Fenouillet 2018 Rose, Ventoux AOC

Item Number: 12899

UPC: 0-855152001517

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub Region: Southern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Ventoux AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 60% Grenache / 15% Cinsault / 15% Mourvèdre / 10% Syrah
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Clay-limestone and silica

The ever-reliable Soard brothers lost 20% to mildew in 2018, but they pulled off a rosé of remarkable balance and freshness. The 2018 Ventoux Rosé—composed of 60% Grenache, 15% each Cinsault and Mourvèdre, and 10% Syrah—is precise and fruit-driven on the nose, with notes of creamy strawberries and fruit leather, and an appealing orange-pith-like bitterness on the palate to complement the juiciness. The balance here is striking, and it wants not at all for acidity despite its southerly climate. As is the case with many of these southern French 2018 rosés, this is a bit more nimble and easygoing than its 2017 counterpart, and is all the more enjoyable for it.

Average Vine Age: 28 years
Sulfites: Low additions
Yeast: Native
Rosé Technique: Direct pressing and saignée for only the Syrah