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Sous la Montagne Fitou 2016, France
 

$16.79 btl. | $89.00 ½ case ($14.83) reg. $22.00
 

91 points, Wine Advocate

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck

 
Chances are good that you've never had a wine from here, but Fitou is the oldest appellation for table wine in le Midi (R. George, French Country Wines); a tale of one appellation split into two vineyard areas that are separated by a southward jut of Corbieres in the Rousillon region of Mediterranean France. There is Fitou-Maritime nearer to the coast, and to the west lie the vineyards of Fitou-de Hauts Corbieres. Carignan is the primary grape for Fitou. The maritime vineyards grow Mourvedre to augment the blends, while Syrah enjoys the drier climate of the hills. Sous la Montagne Fitou, as you may surmise, is from the higher, warmer mountainous inland vineyards. The composition is 66% Carignan and 34% Syrah.

Our newest South-of-France discovery, the Sous la Montagne Fitou 2016 is from 60+ year old Carignan vines and 30+ year old Syrah vines, and you can sense the maturity in the depth and concentration of the wine. A deep garnet to rim, the rich cassis and blueberry fruit carries a smoky, meaty, mineral-tinged aroma along with that garrigue thing and a hint of anise. Rich on the palate with black fruits and spice, you get a distinct sense of the Syrah component from the peppery character. There is good balance of fruit and structure here with a lingering finish. There's a real sense of place in this wine that is genuine and delicious.

91 points, Wine Advocate:

“From the inland, schistous portion of the appellation, the 2016 Fitou is almost sweet and jammy in its fruity intensity, yet it retains a dry, savory, crushed-stone element that gives it tremendous grip and drinkability. It's full-bodied but not heavy, instead offering satisfying richness without excessive weight.”

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck:

“Fresh, elegant and lively, yet also nicely concentrated; it has beautiful purity and fine tannin.”

 

Sous la Montagne Fitou 2016, France
 

$16.79 btl. | $89.00 ½ case ($14.83) reg. $22.00

 
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