Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Domaine Jones Fitou

I just had to select Domaine Jones Fitou as it is the perfect wine for dark winter evenings by the open fire.   The 2013 vintage is drinking superbly as are the 2011 and 2012.  

Here are my tasting notes and à votre santé!
Complex, smooth and succulent, with pure hedgerow fruit. Domaine Jones Fitou is made from grapes from 15 of my very small vineyards scattered around the villages of Tuchan and Paziols in the Languedoc. The secret of my Fitou is definitely in the age of the vines – most of them are over 100 years old and bring freshness, depth and a beautiful texture to the wine. 
The wine is made from Carignan, Grenache, Syrah (a classic Languedoc blend) and is perfect with a wild boar stew, a juicy t bone steak and chips, highland venison, duck, cassoulet, mature cheddar, steak and ale pie. 

Fitou is not the name of a grape but the name of a small village on the Mediterranean coast between Narbonne and Perpignan. There are 8 other villages that are allowed to produce Fitou, 5 in the low lying coastal area and 4 inland on the higher ground of the Corbières mountains. 

"Great concentration."
Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages
"Full of plump, deep spice and plentiful dark fruit"
Mail on Sunday, Olly Smith

"Intensely savoury palate with a pronounced herbal note that conjures up an afternoon's walk on the Fitou's garrigue strewn hill."
Decanter, Natasha Hughes

"It’s another winner from this estate that offers a supple, sexy and medium to full-bodied personality to go with great aromas and flavours of blackberry and black cherry fruit, roasted herbs, leather and liquorice. Sweetly fruit, beautifully textured and with terrific purity of fruit."
The Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnock