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New Arrival: Fontsainte’s Gris de Gris

by Kermit Lynch

From the Archives: July 1987 Newsletter

2021 Corbières Rosé “Gris de Gris”

Domaine de Fontsainte   France   |   Languedoc-Roussillon   |  Corbières

$20.00

More than one objective reporter (two!) has called Domaine Tempier’s rosé the finest rosé in the world. Here, from the Languedoc, is its kid brother.
      One warm evening our staff went en masse to Berkeley’s Fourth Street Grill where the roof parts and one dines under an open sky. The Fourth Street Grill is hot right now in more ways than one. The cuisine is great, and some of their dishes are really spicy, providing a challenge to wine lovers who like to match up food and wine.
      We started with this Gris de Gris, well chilled, and it was so appropriate we stayed with it until the end, when we polished off a red in order to bring the evening to a logical conclusion. The Gris de Gris was perfect: freshening, cooling, bone dry, and ideal with everything from spicy shellfish to sausages.
     Under everyday conditions it also serves as a sure-fire lead-off batter, preparing one’s palate for a heavy hitter like a Bandol or Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge.
     Its color is like fresh raw salmon. Its aroma has a delicate, fennel-like freshness. Light in alcohol, delicately-flavored, yet the wine is not weak or thin. It stirs up the appetite.
     Hats off to the Domaine de Fontsainte who produced this exquisitely crafted little gem. They continue to provide us with top quality wines at ridiculously low prices.

** This passage comes from our July 1987 newsletter, but it continues to capture the beauty and value of Domaine de Fontsainte’s Gris de Gris today. **


$20.00

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About Languedoc-Roussillon

map of Languedoc-Roussillon

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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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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