Chateau Fontareche Corbieres Rouge Vieilles Vignes 2019
Finding delicious wine is our metier. Every week we keep fossicking for great wines that express their vineyards and soils whilst simultaneously delivering in the pleasure stakes. It isn’t often we find these qualities in the sub-twenty dollar price point, which is exactly what this Chateau Fontareche old vines Corbieres delivers in spades.
It is expressive on the nose, leading with ripe red and black fruits and underlined subtly by spice, earth and game. All this follows onto the silky, medium-bodied palate making it the perfect red to keep at the ready. BBQ beef brisket, spaghetti bolognese, red-lentil stew all work perfectly. Importantly it is cheap enough to use in your cooking and good enough that Chef will also be happy.
As for what’s in the bottle. It is a medley of Carignan, Syrah, Mouvedre & Grenache. Old vine Carignan makes up 40% of the blend and is the only portion that sees carbonic maceration, which offers some texture and lift without sacrificing the interest and earthiness that older vines bring to this grape variety. This easily one of the best value reds in our stores.