Domaine du Fournier Signargues 2010
Vignerons du Castelas, Appellation Côtes du Rhône Villages Protégée
Tasting Notes: Dark ruby robe. Liquorice, touch of underbrush bouquet. Sweeping palate, concentrated tannins. Ripe dark fruit, cherry, tobacco hints, black pepper. Rich. Inky. Dark. Spicy. Try it decanted, the spices open up, as does the fruit. Well-balanced between fruit, acidity, tannins. Long finish with matured fruits, cherry stone. Gold Medal winner at the Concours des Vins Gardois 2011 in Nimes. 13.5% alc.
Production Notes: Shiraz 70 %, Grenache Noir 30% Soil is shingle soils of Villafranchiennes Terraces. Vinification is a fragmented selection.
Drink now or hold up to 5 years old
Pair With: Paella. Jammy, spicy goes with the sausages, chorizo. Inky goes, surprisingly, with the mussels. Also, steak; Slow-cooked pot roast with veggies and potatoes; Rabbit.
Karine Ogier is the winemaker at Domaine du Fournier, inheriting the position from her father. She observes integrated farm management, or what is known in France as agriculture raisonnée, a method of farming that employs natural fertilizers and pesticides, for example. It is one of the newest additions to the Vignerons du Castelas portfolio.
Signargues is an appellation and a terroir that spans four villages: Rochefort du Gard, Saze, Domazan and Estézargues. Rochefort du Gard was one of the first districts – in 1933 – to be included in France’s AOC designation, known at the time as Designation of Origin. The Côtes du Rhône was the first area of France. Since 2005, a part of the Côtes du Rhône Villages is now claimed as Côtes du Rhône Villages Signargues.
The land boasts two great and distinct terroirs, a sandy loam pliocène and Shingle Terraces of the plateau de Signargues. In the last four years, the Vignerons du Castelas have invested 2.1 € million in their technical processing and production equipment. Some of the improvements are: Grape traceability; Chiller system; Air conditioned storehouse for the wines; And a production monitoring system.
The Castelas, the 11th c. Romanesque chapel perched on top of the village of Rochefort du Gard, is where the name of the winery, Les Vignerons du Castelas, derives from.
Les Vignerons du Castelas – 30650 Rochefort du Gard – France