Half of the 2016 Minervois Les Fontanilles aged in oak, the rest in tank. The blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault is from a plot on cool, north-facing terroir that is surrounded by garrigue, and those elements—rosemary, thyme, bay leaf—figure prominently in the wine, infusing the bright red-cherry fruit with hints of resinous herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it's crisp and long on the finish, ending with mouthwatering acidity.
This Syrah-dominant cuvée, from vines between 30 and 70 years old in a 3ha vineyard, is juicy and seductive, boasting peppery bramble fruit, flinty minerals and garrigue herbs, supported by fresh acidity. It has soft spice and supple tannins from half the blend ageing for 12 months in barrel. Rich, lively and elegant.