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Domaine de Fontsainte - Corbières 2003

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The winery : Domaine de Fontsainte
Appellation: Corbières (Languedoc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
Varietal(s): Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah
Price range :  8.00 - 11.99 €   
Other vintages: 2010, 2008, 2006 *** Good   Add a vintage
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About the winery

Domaine de Fontsainte is in the heart of the Corbières’ celebrated ‘Golden Crescent’ - one of the appellation’s most beautiful and beneficent terroirs. Fontsainte's intensely sunny, gently sloping, south south-east facing vineyards shelter from cold north-east winds on the flank of a 500-hectare pinewood massif (right). The domain dominates the landscape around the hamlet of Boutenac, enjoying panoramic views. Fontsainte’s vineyards, just 90m in altitude, benefit from a pristine environment (far from industrial or urban developments) plus alternating Mediterranean and oceanic influences.

Roman artifacts found on the domain - like the bronze coin bearing the head of Marcus Agrippa (c. 25AD) that adorns our Centurion wine - attest to Fontsainte's ancient origins: a Roman officer created the domain around a thermal spring. The name Fontsainte ('the saint’s fount') comes from the nearby 12th century Hermitage of Saint-Siméon, who became the patron saint of Boutenac. Two chateaux dominated the landscape in the middle ages: Fort Haut and Fort Bas. Only the latter remains today - it’s now the headquarters of the Corbières’ winegrowers syndicat.

Yves Laboucarié established Fontsainte in its current incarnation in 1971 - though his family's links to winemaking in Boutenac date to the 17th century. He inherited vines, bought parcels and became a Corbières pioneer of quality - being among the first to practice carbonic maceration, harvest by hand, and age wines (using 600-litre casks). His Gris de Gris and La Demoiselle are Corbières benchmarks. As early as 1978, French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing was entertaining guests at the Elysée Palace with Laboucarié's award-winning Fontsainte wines. Since 1995, son Bruno has taken charge. He's re-equiped the cellars, re-planted parcels, and upped the quality with his own wine: Centurion.


Advised dishes

  • Salads : Tepid spicy sausage salad
  • Meat : Beef, Grill
  • Game : Goose steaklet, Hare stew, Roasted partridge, Wild boar haunch with venison sauce, Wild boar stew
  • Belgian dishes : Stoemp (mashed potatoes with vegetables) and sausage
  • French dishes : Cassoulet, Coq au vin

Consumer Reviews - Domaine de Fontsainte - Corbières 2003

Tom Burnakis  Vinostar - from 151 reviews    Jacksonville  (United States)
*** Good 
Soft wine from a tough producer
When asked about M. Laboucarié locals say he is a "hard man" and renowned for his dedication to tradition. I believe it because his wine is a great expression of Corbières and one that I consistently have in my wine rack. Dark garnet and full of fruit and herbacious notes this wine will fill up your mouth quickly. Smooth tannins with a medium long finish. Lots of dark fruit on the palate, plum and blackberry with a hint of minerals. Nice with some Genoa salami and crackers or to sip and watch TV, or with a nice piece of chicken and potatoes.
Tom Burnakis has discoverd this wine. 6 years ago

Users Reviews for other vintages

Tom Burnakis  Vinostar - from 151 reviews    Jacksonville  (United States)
*** Good 
Boutenac beauty
Not much different than the 2003 I reviewed some time back. Still dark garnet and full of fruit and herbs, though I think I may have liked the 2003 more because it seemed more complex. Lively tannins do not distract from the wine. Lots of dark fruit on the palate, plum and blackberry with a hint of minerals.
Tom Burnakis has discoverd this wine. 6 years ago

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