Domaine Anne Gros & Jean Paul Tollot, Les Fontanilles, Minvervois
Our 4 grape varieties make up this cuvée on soils dominated by Grès d'Assignan facing north and west.
These small enclosures surrounded by scrubland, pines, thymes, rosemary, cysts are home to:
1 Ha 60 of 22-year-old Syrah
1 Ha 45 of 50-year-old Carignan
1 Ha 20 of 50-year-old Cinsault
2 Ha 50 of 22-year-old Grenache
Name: Place called Les Fontanilles
Color: Deep red
Terroir: Sandstone, marl and limestone
Age of the vines: 50 years, 22 years.
Vinification: total Burgundian-style destemming
Ageing: 50% barrels and 50% stainless steel vats
“The Gros Tollot Minervois Les Fontanilles projects deep blackberry, blueberry, and mulberry fruit; roasted red meat; pungent herbs; and saliva inducing salinity. A deep suggestion of veal and beef marrow puts me in mind of certain of the best cru Beaujolais, while allusions to shrimp shell reduction further enhance the mouthwatering sense of umami this cuvee projects. Firm, tightly-stitched tannins allied to exuberant, infectious juiciness suggest a wine capable of performing well for the better part of a decade, and an opportunity to play around a bit at table with a bottle of this beauty revealed its versatility. Gros particularly likes the influence of the Cinsault in flavor, texture, and moderation of alcohol and says if she does more planting on sandstone it will be of this variety.”
92 Points Wine Advocate