Maury Rouge, Vin Doux Naturel, Domaine Fontanel, Roussillon, France


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Roving Sommelier is passionate about dessert wines, especially the prestigious Vin Doux Naturel wines of Roussillon in South-west France. Domaine Fontanel is a small, family-owned vineyard located in Tautavel on black schist soils in Maury AOC, near to Perpignan in Roussillon. This lightly-fortified red wine (Vin Doux Naturel) is made from 60 year old Grenache vines. All the grapes have been hand-harvested and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and enhance the wine’s primary fruit flavours. In addition, after a long maceration, the wine has been aged in tank for one year and then in small old oak barrels for a further year to develop texture and complexity and a richer flavour and deep colour. This prestigious Maury Rouge has been lightly fortified to 16% abv and reveals exquisite fruit flavours of Morello cherry and spicy aromas of coffee and vanilla. After the time spent ageing in oak barrels, the wine is then decanted into glass demi-johns to harmonise and then into bottle before being released. Perfect with fruit flavoured desserts, especially those with black and red fruits and chocolate. Serve lightly chilled in a convivial atmosphere.

Alcohol: 16% abv (75cl)

Closure: Cork

Grape variety: Grenache

Flavour Profiles: Sweet, Fresh, Aromatic, Morello Cherry, Forest Fruits, Floral, Spice, Coffee, Vanilla. Great with dark chocolate.