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You will find her our awarded wines of the year

GUIDE HACHETTE

 

 

 

 BETTANE & DESSEAUVE

 

 

 

 

PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE

 

 

Concours des Vignerons Indépendants

 

 

 

Concours des Grands Vins de Mâcon

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECENT DISTINCTIONS

Prieuré 2015 – Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel

14.5/20 Bettane et Desseauve

Silver Medal Concours des Grands Vins de Mâcon

Coup de cœur & 3*** Guide Hachette 2019

 

Maury Sec 2015 – Gold Medal Concours  des Vignerons Indépendants & 91/100 Parker, the Wine Advocate

Tradition 2015 – Bronze Medal Concours  des Vignerons Indépendants

 

Maury Doux – 90/100 Parker, the Wine Advocate

 

Cistes 2015 – Gold Medal Concours des Grands Vins de Mâcon

 

 

 

 

 

DOMAINE FONTANEL produces about 700 hectolitres of wine per year, claiming many designation of origine (AOC-AOP: Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée-Protégée)

AOC:

Maury sec
Côtes du Roussillon
Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Côtes du Roussillon Villages « Tautavel »

AOC VINS DOUX NATURELS:
Muscat de Rivesaltes
Rivesaltes Ambré
Maury

VINS DE PAYS

IGP Côtes Catalanes

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NEXT EXHIBITIONS

You can meet us and taste our wines during these wine fairs & exhibitions…

LA FERE (Picardie) – 31 may to 2nd june 2019

LYON – 31 october to 4 november 2019

LIEGE (Belgique) – 1st to 3rd november 2019

COMBLAIN-AU-PONT (Belgique) – 8 to 10 november 2019

PARIS PORTE DE VERSAILLES – 27 november to 1st december 2019

COLMAR – 6 to 8 december 2019

RENNES – 24 to 26 january 2020

BORDEAUX – 13 to 15 march 2020

Salon des Vignerons Indépendants de Bordeaux
RECENT DISTINCTIONS

Prieuré 2015 – Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel

14.5/20 Bettane et Desseauve

Silver Medal Concours des Grands Vins de Mâcon

Coup de cœur & 3*** Guide Hachette 2019

 

Maury Sec 2015 – Gold Medal Concours  des Vignerons Indépendants & 91/100 Parker, the Wine Advocate

 

Maury Sec 2016 – 90/100 Parker, the Wine Advocate

 

Cistes 2015 – Gold Medal Concours des Grands Vins de Mâcon

 

The DOMAINE FONTANEL extends over 30 hectares in TAUTAVEL within the wineyards is 20 hectares, in the most southern eastern part of France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenées foothills.

Our production is centered on wine’s quality with methods focusing on the respect of the environment. The treating is reasoned according to the risks. Weed-killers and fertilizers are not used in order to keep the wines as natural as possible.

The yields stay very low, most of the time less than 30hl/ha. After a very precise selection of the grapes, the must is converted into wine using traditional maceration.

Our wines are the outcome of our passion and dedication to produce well balanced and aromatic wines resulting from a research of typicity of our different soils but also wines combining delicacy and personality.

Since 1989, our wines are recognized in specialized press in France, overseas and in numerous national contests.

Since 1864, six generations of wine makers have toiled to preserve the ancestral winemaking vocation and bring out the best of the predestined soil of this small French area of the northern Catalan country. In 1989, Pierre & Marie-Claude FONTANEIL created the DOMAINE FONTANEL by joining the two families together.

In 2017, Elodie et Matthieu Collet will continue what has been built. Pierre stays at their side to ensure the transition.

Video : “In the cellar”

 

 

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The clay limestone (soil)

Composed of limestone affected by frosting and soils based on a type of sandstone, with rolled pebbles over 40 cm in depth, this soil gives open wines with mellow tannins combining fineness and personality.

 

 

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The schisty marls

Established on the Fenouillèdes caving-in, the Albien-Aptien schisty marls are interpolated with sandstone layers often of blackish color. Composed of limestone affected by frosting installed on black marls and thick clay stratums, they give acidulous, smooth wines with a lot of delicacy.

The Côtes du Roussillon

From an area of blazing lands and ancient roots, the Côtes du Roussillon draw their richness playing with the shades, in red, rosé or white. Originally dominated by Carignan, the Côtes du Roussillon are, today, based on complementary vines of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre. At this day, the hopes put on the Syrah’s grape variety are largely confirmed. Their yields can’t exceed 50hl/ha but are always lower on the Domaine.

 

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Côtes du Roussillon Red

Côtes du Roussillon White

Côtes du Roussillon Rosé

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The Côtes du Roussillon Red

This wine with intense red fruits flavours mainly comes from plots located on schisty marl which confers it a lot of fluidity and delicacy.  Velvet tanins.

To appreciate in his youth, it will be a perfect match for your hors d’oeuvres, cooked pork meats, poultries and grilled meat dishes.

Keeping: 4 to 5 years
Tasting temperature: 13°C to 15°C

 

CÔTES DU ROUSSILLON RED

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Soil : Very rocky clay-limestone hillsides and schisty marl

Grape varieties : Syrah, Black Grenache, Black Carignan

Production per hectare : 45 hl/ha

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Vine growth : Short cut

Method of vinification : Total destemming, traditional maceration during 18 days with daily pumping-over and thermoregulation

Maturing : Stainless steel tank maturing with early bottling

Alcohol by volume : 13% by vol.

Bottle size : Bottles of 75 cl

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The Côtes du Roussillon White

Vinified with White Grenache and Malvoisie, our Côtes du Roussillon White stems from plots older than 60 years of age with very low yield (30 hl/ha).

This wine, matured in oak casks is best served with cooked fish dishes, white sauces and meats.

Keeping : 5 to 6 years
Tasting temperature : 8 ° C to 12° C

 

CÔTES DU ROUSSILLON WHITE

 OAK CASKS

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Soil : Very rocky clay-limestone hillsides and foothills

Grape varieties : White Grenache, Malvoisie (Very old vine planted in 1908)

Production per hectare : 30 hl/ha

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Vine growth : Short cut

Method of vinification : Direct pressing, cold settling.

Maturing : Steering of the lees in the cask during 9 months

Alcohol by volume : 14% by vol.

Bottle size : Bottles of 75 cl