Domaine Fond Croze Cairanne
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This wine comes from old vines on their 2 hectare estate vineyard in Cairanne. Wine produced on clay-limestone hillsides with South-East exposure.
- This particular terroir is beneficial in all respects for the cultivation of the vine, and for the production of wine for aging.
Varietal Composition: 60% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 20% Mourvèdre
Elaboration: Manual harvest, long vinification of more than 1 month. Aging in stainless steel vats to respect the raw fruit as much as possible.
Tasting Notes: This wine has a deep garnet color with purplish hues. The first nose is complex and after a slight aeration it releases aromas of stewed small black fruits and candied cherry. On the palate, we detect a nice acidity with well-present and structured tannins. This wine offers aromas of black fruits as well as toasted notes on the finish. Complex and well balanced, the finish is long.
2016 – 89-91 Jeb Dunnuck
2017 – 91+ Wine Advocate
2018 – 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck
2019 – 90-93 Wine Advocate
Domaine Fond Croze is truly a family business – any and all of the family are likely to be at the cave when you go to visit.
Charles Long first purchased land outside Saint Roman de Malegarde after returning from World War I. His son, Raymond, expanded the vineyards once he started full-time in the business and today, Raymond’s sons Bruno (the winemaker) and Daniel (the vineyard manager) are the 3rd generation.
The Longs produce a wide range of honest and unpretentious wines from their 70 hectares. From 2009, Domaine Fond-Croze follows organic methods.