Domaine Fond Croze Rasteau
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This wine comes from their estate vineyard of 6 hectares on the sunny slopes of the Rasteau appellation.
- The vineyards sit on stony argillaceous limestone soils.
Varietal Composition: 80% Grenache 10% Syrah 10% Mourvèdre
Elaboration: Manual harvest, vinification of more than 1 month. Aging in French oak barrels of 500 Liters for one year.
Tasting Notes: This wine has an intense red color with black highlights. Its very delicate nose develops notes of black fruit stewed with a touch of vanilla. On the palate, it is round, suave, full of aromas of black fruits of chocolate and passion fruit.
2017 – 91 Wine Advocate | 91-93+ Jeb Dunnuck
2018 – 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck | 90-92 Wine Advocate
2022 – 91-93 Jeb Dunnuck
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.