2016 Domaine de Fondreche Divergente (750ml)

Syrah from Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France

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One of the great finds of our old pal, importer Bobby Kacher (we purchased B-21's first Kacher container in the late '80s) is Domaine Fondreche. Bobby recently retired making it possible for us to buy Fondreche directly from the property. Fondreche's winemaker is Sebastien Vincenti came to Kacher through the great Andre Brunel, producer of Domaine Les Cailloux Chateauneuf du Pape and one of my favorite Cotes du Rhone bottlings of Brunel, Les Sabrine (don't miss the 2015 arriving soon). Over the last decade or so the cuvees have become more focused at Fondreche, Oringially the three cuvees were Fayard, Nadal and Persia you may recall. Even more focused today, the cuvees remain organically grown and biodynamically produced. Sebastein's devotion to the land and hands off winemaking allows the terroir and varietals to truly express themselves in an authentic, pure expression.


Lastly, the 2016 Ventoux Divergente is a new cuvee that was first released in 2015. Coming from a single parcel of very old vines Syrah (planted in 1955), it sports a deep purple color as well as a perfumed bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, spring flowers, damp earth and a beautiful liquid rock like minerality. Reminding me of a top Hermitage from the Meal lieu-dit, this sensational looking barrel sample is full-bodied, opulent and hedonistic, yet also pure, elegant and weightless. It’s the finest wines I’ve tasted from the Ventoux (albeit as a barrel sample).

94-97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2017)

A true vin de garde, the exciting 2016 Ventoux Divergente is made from a small parcel of small-berried Syrah (Sérine) planted in 1955 and fermented and aged in large-format oak. The inky purple color is extraordinary, as is the incredibly rich texture. Aromatically, it clearly needs some time to open up, as it's dominated by scents of asphalt and black olive when first poured, only gradually revealing hints of dark berry fruit. Still, the potential here is obvious, more obvious still on the long finish, which manages to be simultaneously mouthwatering and mouth-drying. It's a tour de force and a new reference point for Ventoux.

93-95 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 233 - Oct 2017)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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