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Cotes du Rhone Cru
Rasteau Vieilles Vignes 2011
Domaine Fond Croze
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More Than Half-Off on This Delicious Red from the Southern Rhone's Fantastic 2011 Vintage! Crunchy red fruit complemented by smoke, white pepper, wild herbs and a touch of spice finish with a mineral tinge. This will drink well for another five to six years.
91 Points - WTSO Members!
90+ Points - International Wine Report!
"The wine has a lovely character of dark cherries and raspberries followed by smoke, sweet herbs and dried earth. It shows wonderful depth and concentration with beautiful round tannins and a soft, velvety finish that leaves behind a mouthful of dark fruits."

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  90+ - International Wine Report!
UNIT SIZE 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Rhone Blend
GRAPE: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
Domaine Fond Croze Rasteau Vieilles Vignes 2011
By International Wine Report
DOMAINE FOND CROZE Rasteau 'Vieilles Vignes' 2011
Points: 90+

Estimated Value: $45
Drinking Window: 2013-2019
Producer: Domaine Fond Croze
Country: France
Region: Rhône
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
The 2011 Domaine Fond Croze Rasteau Cru du Rhône is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre from ancient vines whose roots dig deep into clay limestone soils, complete with galets roulés stones. The wine has a lovely character of dark cherries and raspberries followed by smoke, sweet herbs and dried earth. It shows wonderful depth and concentration with beautiful round tannins and a soft, velvety finish that leaves behind a mouthful of dark fruits. (Best 2013-2019) - June, 2013 (JD)

By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 Domaine Fond Croze Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau

A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from Rasteau, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Southern Rhone, Rhone, France
Review by Jeb Dunnuck #210 (Dec 2013)
Rating: 89
Drink 2013-2018
A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that was aged in 20% new demi-muids, the 2011 Rasteau offers up an interesting array of ground pepper, dried wood, tobacco and darker berry-styled fruit. Medium-bodied and nicely textured, it has loads of fruit and an upfront personality. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. Importer: Serge Dore Selections,

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 Domaine Fond Croze Rasteau

Winery: Domaine Fond Croze
Style: Red Wine
Varietal: Rhone Blend
Region: Rhone
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jun 13
(80% Grenache and 10% each Mourvedre and Syrah): Bright violet color. Intense red fruit and floral aromas are complemented by white pepper and musky herbs. Sappy and precise on the palate, offering good heft to its bitter cherry and raspberry flavors. The peppery note comes back on the finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of allspice. 89 Points

By Serge Dore Selections
Domaine Fond Croze Rasteau Vieilles Vignes 2011

80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre

Domaine Fond Croze Rasteau is a magnificent, mouthwatering Grenache-based old vine blend from a fine terroir of chalky-clay soils on northwest facing slopes in the southern Cotes du Rhone. Rasteau is the land of Grenache, which on this terroir allows red wines in a crunchy red fruit style, along with black cherry, juicy plum, and wild blackberry jam aromas.

Elevated to the status of Cru du Rhône in 2009, Rasteau gained recognition for the consistent quality of its wines. The terroir lies around Mont Ventabren, a former alpine terrace alluvium composed of a matrix of red clay, rich in pebbles of quartz and gray limestone. These limestone-rich soils are perfectly suited to the Grenache vines, which unearth a dashing minerality and a panoply of aromas. Deep ripe dark fruit aromas mingle with unmistakable garrigue spices and leather, opening to floral notes. Excellent structure and smooth tannins through the long finish. Consulting winemaker Philippe Cambie is a true star of the Southern Rhone, and showcases his modern style magnificently in this wine.

Domaine Fond Croze is the culmination of the work of three generations of the Long Family. Charles Long first purchased the land after returning from World War I. His son, Raymond, expanded the vineyards once he started full-time in the business. Today, his sons Bruno (the winemaker) and Daniel (the vineyard manager) produce wine at Domaine Fond Croze, which Raymond, Bruno, and Daniel began officially in 1997. It’s truly a family business - any and all of the family is likely to be at the cave when you go to visit.

Other Information
Appellation: Rasteau
Grape Varieties: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
Age of Vines: >50 years old
Vineyards: Mediterranean climate with low rainfall, lots of sunshine, clay and limestone slopes with pebbles
Farming: Organic farming since 2009
Aging: Aged in demi-muids barrels for 14 months.
Alcohol: 15.00% by vol.

2011 Rhone vintage
-“The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year.” -Wine Spectator
-“Fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers” -International Wine Cellar
-“2011 is a combination of these 2 great vintages, 2009&2010” -Michel Chapoutier
-“2011 is an extremely likeable vintage, with instant pleasure in the glass.” -John Livinstone-Learmouth

Imported by Serge Dore Selections
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