In continuing with some great wine finds currently available at Whole Foods in SoCal, I want to highlight 2012 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge. The winemaker, Yves Laboucarié, comes from a family that has been making wine since the 17th century. He is continually seeking innovation in the winemaking process (new cuvees, whole-cluster fermentation, temperature controlled steel vats, etc.) without stepping away from core values of sustainable farming and minimal treatments. I have enjoyed his Gris de Gris Rosé many times in the past, but this is the first chance I had to try the Rouge.
A blend of Carginan, Grenache, and Syrah from the Corbières region of Languedoc-Roussillon in France. 13.5% alcohol and a retail price at Whole Foods of $14.99.
2012 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge begins with aromas of cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and spice. The palate is balanced with smooth, integrated tannins. There are tastes of blueberries and raspberries with hints of earth and licorice. Smooth, delicious, and super easy to drink! Pair with burgers, steak, or duck.
For more info, visit Domaine de Fontsainte.