2016 Domaine de Fondreche Il etait une fois (750ml)

Grenache from Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France
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Review Score: 94WA, 93JD
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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The projected blend of the 2016 Ventoux Il Etait Une Fois is 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. This is the fullest bodied of the estate's 2016s, yet the alcohol doesn't seem intrusive. Instead it's softly expansive, gently filling the mouth with flavors of black cherries and raspberries, then adding hints of garrigue, dried spices and cocoa on the long, elegant finish.

92-94 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 233 - Oct 2017)

The 2016 Ventoux Il Était Une Fois checks in as primarily Grenache yet includes 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre. It offers perfumed notes of black raspberries, spice-box dried violets and pepper to go with a medium to full-bodied, balanced, nicely concentrated style on the palate. The tannin quality isn’t at the level of the other cuvees, yet it has terrific complexity, no hard edges and a great finish.

91-93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2017)