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2021 Corbières Rosé “Gris de Gris”

Domaine de Fontsainte
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Due to an unfortunate spring frost that singled out budding Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir vines, the new edition of the Laboucarié family’s beloved Gris de Gris features a higher proportion of Carignan and Mourvèdre in the blend than in previous years. As a result, vintage 2021 shows an ever-so-slightly more vinous character than in the past—there is wine in the wine, if you know what I mean. You’ll find a touch less tangy citrus and a bit more bright red fruit in the aromatics, but worry not: this delicate rosé is just as mouthwateringly crisp and eminently quaffable as we’ve come to expect over the last forty years.

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 90% Grenache Gris, 5% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Corbières
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine de Fontsainte
Winemaker: Bruno Laboucarié
Vineyard: 46.2 ha
Soil: Silica, clay, limestone (gravelly with large galets, or rounded stones)
Aging: 4-6 months in stainless steel tanks
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

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Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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