Jones Fitou - Press Reviews & Awards

2013 vintage:

Manchester Evening News, Rochdale Observer, Rossendale Free Press

Andy Cronshaw, May 2016

Domaine Jones Fitou 2013
'I'm not sure you'll find a better Fitou at the moment than this wine. A bend of old vine Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, it breathes out savoury, herbal notes and elegant, blackberry fruit.'

Sunday Express, Jamie Goode
Domaine Jones Fitou 2012, Languedoc £14.50, (01438 741177), 14.5% alcohol: 'Here is a superbly stylish Fitou red from Katie Jones, who’s making some of the region’s most interesting wines. It’s supple and pure, with some elegance as well as ripe black fruits and a fine spiciness.

Mail on Sunday, Olly Smith
"....Domaine Jones Fitou 2012 (14.5%) is also beautiful - full of plump, deep spice and plentiful dark fruit."

DECANTER, Experts Choice - Natasha Hughes MW. Le Midi great value 2013s:
Katie Jones, La Gare, Fitou 17.5/20pts (91/100pts): ‘This big, bold red has an intensely savoury palate with a pronounced herbal note that conjures up an afternoon’s walk on the Fitou’s garrigue-strewn hills. Tannins are firm and the acidity brisk, suggesting that a bit of cellaring would be of benefit.’ Price: £19.99 Naked Wines Drink 2015-2019 Alc 14.5%

2012 Vintage:

Underrated gems from Roussillon,
18 Mar 2014 by Richard Hemming
Jones 2012 Fitou 17 Drink 2014-2024

‘40% 100 year old Carignan, 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah. Effortless black fruit – so rare to get such smoothness and succulence. Nothing rustic about this – but there is a bit of tannic pinch on the finish. Great concentration on the finish. Demands food. (RH)’

2011 Vintage:

The Telegraph, Suzy Atkins, 7th July 2012

Fitou 2011 Mlle Jones, France (Majestic, £14.99, or £11.99 for two or more until 18 July): 'Special blend for Majestic with 40 per cent syrah, 30 per cent grenache, 30 per cent carignan. Intense, highly fruited with blueberry, cassis and a sheen of oak. Drink with peppered steak.’

Domaine Jones Fitou 2011 France (The Wine Society, £14.95): ‘More carignan in this, the usual Jones blend, giving a cherry tang and spice to a full-bodied red with a herby garrigue hint. Decant well. Serve with lamb or duck.’

The Times, Jane Macquitty, 6th July 2013
‘Katie Jones worked for 17 years at the Tuchan co-operative, so if any Englishwoman knows what’s what at this western end of the Languedoc, she does. She owns seven hectares of up to a century-old carignan and grenache, plus 20-year-old syrah. Blend together, give it a dusting of French oak and you get a dazzling fat, tangy, violets and herb scrub-scented red, with a bitter chocolate finish. Magnificent.’

Jane’s favourite:

2011 Fitou by Mademoiselle Jones, Languedoc, France Majestic, £14.99 or two for £11.99 each until July 18 

‘A Roussillon superstar. Multi award-winning Fitou from old vines and in Katie's modern, elegant winemaking style. Christmas food match: roast boar with pommes dauphinoise and glazed root vegetable. Jenny Mackenzie

Domaine Jones, Fitou, 2011. 
Katie Jones is one of the nicest and most innovative winemakers in the Languedoc-Roussillon area. Multi-award winning, fresh, modern white and red wines with cute labels are her hallmarks.’

Yorkshire Post, Christine Austin
‘With that half hectare of 100 year old vines as the core, bolstered by grapes from other wineyards in Tuchan, this wine shows just how good a simple appellation such as Fitou can be.   With real concentration, bright berry fruit with streaks of herbs and supple tannins this is a serious wine to be enjoyed now, or in the next five years.’ (Christine Austin, Yorkshire Post)

2010 Vintage (sold out)

GOLD MEDAL International Wine Challenge 

FITOU TROPHY International Wine Challenge

BRONZE MEDAL Concours Caves Indépendantes

"Aged in oak; just 4 barrels made. This comes from a single vineyard with 100 year old vines. Nicely complex nose of sweet berry fruits and notes of herb and spice, with a savoury, mineral edge. The palate is fresh and elegant with nice bright fruit and lovely tannic structure. Complex, promising and structured, this wine shows no hints of over-ripeness at all. 93/100 " (Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak)

‘Bright black raspberry and bilberry are set off by an underlying sense of crushed stone and accented by evocations of rosemary and thyme, juniper, lavender, and peat. Silken in texture and palate caressing, this beauty at the same time finishes with a lilt, verve, interactive dynamic, and sheer refreshment that you will I believe otherwise search in vain for from its appellation. Even in lieu of a track record, I venture to predict that this will be well worth following for at least the better part of a decade.(David Schildknecht, Robert Parker Wine Advocate)