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This velvety French blend of Carignane,
Grenache and Mourvèdre has been made
from a single, ancient plot of vines since 1973.
What You Need To Know
France’s vast Languedoc region,
which spans much of its Mediterranean coast, churns out a lot
of uninteresting table wine; it’s also dotted with thousands of tiny
estates offering fantastic wines made in small quantities from
very old vines. Domaine de Fontsainte is a terrific example of the
latter. The Laboucarié family established the estate in its current
incarnation in 1971, though the property’s history dates back
centuries. Brune Laboucarié makes the Réserve La Demoiselle
cuvée in much the same way his father did, using fruit from
a vineyard planted to a mix of traditional varieties in 1904.
The gnarled old vines push out just a few bunches of deeply
concentrated grapes each year, which explains this red’s
Scents of black currants
with dried herbs.
Luscious black plum
fruit with mineral
and herb notes.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Red meats, game and duck.