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2011 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières

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I needed a wine at the last minute for a cookout. I wanted something a little bit different, so I went to West Nashville’s newest wine shop, Harvest Wine Market on Highway 100 (you can find them on Facebook here), and asked the helpful staff if they could recommend something appropriate. We discussed a couple of roses, but ultimately settled on a French red, the 2011 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres.

Domaine de Fontsainte is located in the Corbieres region’s Golden Crescent. The vineyard’s terroir features bright sunshine and south-south east facing, sloping terrain. The 2011 Rouge grew from soil of silica, clay, and limestone. It is 60% Carignan; 30% Grenache Noir; 10% Syrah, and 13% ABV. The wine is deep purple in color. It is young, with aromas of blueberries, dark fruits, and hints of hay and oak. Medium to full bodied, it has good acidity with smooth, well integrated tannins. It is fruit-forward with primary flavors of blueberries and raspberries, but it is dry and not jammy. It’s just a touch watery on the finish or it might get even higher marks. It went perfectly with burgers and dogs, and carries a very reasonable price. The winemaker indicates that it will be at its best from now until 2015. Swing over the Harvest and grab a bottle or two. , Appx. $17 per bottle.

Harvest Wine Market
6043 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 750-3476
http://harvestwinemkt.com/

Domaine de Fontsainte
Route de Ferrals
11200 Boutenac
France
+33(0)4 68 27 07 63
http://www.fontsainte.com/