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2009 Domaine de Fontbonau Cotes du Rhone
Proprietary Blend: 750ml
about this wine:
Soil: sand and silt with fine clay
Grape varieties: 20 acres (8.5 ha) of Grenache, Syrah 7,5 acres (3 ha)
Average age of vines: 70 years for Grenache, 30 years for Syrah
Density: 3500 vines per hectare for cordon pruning, 4000 for gobelets and 6000 for new plantation
Yield: 12 to 25 hl / hectare
Vinification: cold pre-fermentation maceration, alcoholic fermentation and maceration hence a total of 20 to 30 days with alternate punch down and pump over, soft pressing with re-integration of press wine into the free- run wine depending on their quality, malolactic fermentation in vats or barrels
Maturing: 12 months: 10% new oak, 90% barrels of one or two wines and some demi-muids of 600L
Production:6,500 bottles in 2008, 23,000 (estimated) in 2009
Frédéric Engerer, President of Château Latour in Pauillac for 15 years and more recently Domaine d'Eugénie in Vosne Romanée, along with his childhood friend, Jérôme
Malet decided in 1997 to conduct a joint wine experience: a mass selection of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in Roussillon and a rare wine, called Marius (Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes) first marketed in 2004.
In 2008, they embarked on another wine experience and revived an estate graced by centuries of history, le lieu-dit
Fontbonau. Domaine de Fontbonau is a 42 hectare estate located in a hilly and wild environment where 14 hectares of vineyards neighbour truffle oak trees, safre rocks, junipers, olive trees and lavender fields. It is a privileged site in a
locality south of the Drôme Provençale.
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