Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris

20150826-071959.jpg I promised lots of rosé options this season, and by golly, I have taken my homework assignment seriously. Yes, I have a big grin on my face. Kind of like when my dad used to say as his fork came darting in the direction of our dinner plate, “I just have to have a bite to make sure it is good for you.” Which always made me laugh as a kid. So I will continue to taste away and make sure all these rosé options are good for you…

Domaine de Fontsainte, Gris de Gris, is a bottle we have tried before, but it was some time ago. All this early Summer heat has many wine shops & grocery wine departments depleted of quite a bit of their rosé. So trying new bottles is the option. This is a really lovely wine, and it hits that under 20 bucks I think can be spent to have a really nice rosé. The first vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte, in the Corbières appellation, were planted by the Romans. Artifacts found in these vineyards, such as an old coin dating from the time of Marcus Agrippa in 25 A.D., are a testament to its antiquity. It is imported to the states by Kermit Lynch out of Berkeley, which is always a good sign to me that a stellar bottle is ahead. I don’t think I have ever had a Kermit Lynch wine I did not like.

From the maker:
A crystalline salmon colour with superb amethyst tints. Fine separate legs run slowly down the glass.
Nose
Expressive and particularly tonic, the wine immediately gives off notes of raspberry, cherry and freshly picked strawberries – followed by exotic aromas such as pineapple and mango.

Fine separate legs run slowly down the glass. Gotta love wine speak. What really shined for me were the raspberry, cherry and strawberry notes. This rosé has a bit going on, which I rather like, so I think it works great with food. As we head into the final weeks of Summaaa, this is a fab choice when trying a new rosé. Happy Wednesday all!

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