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

Grenache 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.


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)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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