Thursday, August 16, 2012

Domaine de Font-Sane Vieilles Vignes Ventoux, 2009

There are so many fine Ventoux wines on the market that I have a hard time keeping up with them. Font-Sane's Vieilles Vignes is a long-term favorite that has been crowded out in recent vintages by other wines (such as Altitude 500 and Cuvee les 3 Messes Basses) that have become available in my market at good prices. While Veronique Peysson-Cunty always makes an excellent Ventoux, big and fruity, the tannins are sometimes a bit cranky at certain stages of the wine's development. The wine is made from 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah grapes picked by hand, cultivated by traditional methods and aged in cement tanks.

This bottle needs a little air to start showing its best. Dark cherries, cassis and Provencal herbs. Old vine depth is apparent in the aromas, but there are some rough edges on the palate at this stage. Although the label recommends drinking within one to three years, I think I'll like this 2009 better in another years or so.

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