93WA Domaine de Fondreche Rouge Persia Ventoux 2012

From a leading producer in Southern France, this blend of Syrah (90%) and Mourvedre (10%) dances around most $30 wines. At $20, it's a screaming find. Serve lightly chilled. 

 

About the wine

 

Although winemaking in the Ventoux was first established two thousand years ago, it wasn’t until 1973 that the area earned its own AOC. Fortunately, these wines are at last getting the recognition they deserve, due in part to the efforts of Domaine de Fondrèche. Wine advocate unequivocally stated, "One of the best run if not the finest estate in the Cotes du Ventoux is Fondreche." Limestone and rocky soils, not unlike the neighboring and higher priced AOC of Chateauneuf du Pape, make these wines stand out for their purity and authenticity but at a fraction of the cost. 

 

Sebastien Vincenti is a young, up and coming winemaker in the southern Rhone. Utilizing solar energy, gravity flow, and biodynamic principles in the vineyard and winery, he is proving to be a leading light to revitalize the recognition of Ventoux. This wine was made with indigenous yeasts, concrete eggs, and large cask foudres to bring out the best of the carefully tended fruit. The incredible depth, purity, structure and simultaneous freshness of the wine make it both accessible for early consumption and cellar aging. Persia shows signature Rhone fruit with crushed black cherry, kirsch, leathered oak, lavender, and a smoky finish. Over the years, Robert Parker has enthusiastically praised this wine with words like, "hedonistic, blockbuster, outstanding, and gorgeous". This is a wine that will be gone before you know it.

 

Reviews

 

93 pts - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

I loved the 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee Persia even more than on release. It also happens to be the first vintage where they used a small part of concrete for aging. Possessing fabulous purity, with classic notes of creme de cassis, black raspberries, violets and graphite, this medium to full-bodied, silky, pure and downright elegant 2012 will drink nicely through 2022.