2017 Domaine de Fontsainte Clos du Centurion
Last week, we threw down one of the best deals on Chablis that this valley has seen in quite some time. This week, I wanted to change gears and offer one of the best values in red wine that I know about out of the same import portfolio: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant. One of the original producers on Kermit's roster, Domaine de Fontsainte. The first vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte, in the Corbières appellation, were planted by the Romans. Yves Laboucarié’s family has been making wine here since the seventeenth century, and they were lucky to have met him so early on in his career. For over thirty years, KLWM has been proudly importing his wine, and now they now work with his son, Bruno. This week's deal is their top cuvee "Clos du Centurion"
60% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, 10% Syrah from 4 parcels totaling 4ha in size. The Carignan is from 70-year-old vines. These sites are selected from the domaine’s best parcels to create this tête de cuvée. All fruit is hand-harvested, fermented with natural yeasts, and 60% of the wine ages for 8 - 12 months in French oak barrels, the remainder in cement tank. Shockingly good and inexpensive!