Another Amazing Value – A Killer Rhone Red!

Posted on Mar, 28. 2012 by

Categories: Wine

I have been drinking the wines of Domaine de Fondreche for years. They are widely known as one of the top value producers in the Southern Rhone valley, in this case the Cotes du Ventoux appellation. I could try to wax all poetic about how great they are, but let me have some random guy named Robert Parker chime in with his thoughts:

“Fondreche is the reference point for what can be done in the Cotes du Ventoux. This is a source of sensational wines that still sell for incredibly fair prices, and virtually every one of these selections proves that you don’t have to drink luxury-priced Bordeaux, Burgundy, or Napa Cabernets to experience the multiple joys of wine.”

Fondreche’s reds use the typical grapes of the Southern Rhone region — Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, and they produce two cuvees each year — the Persia (which is Syrah-dominated, with splashes of the others), and the Nadal (which is mainly equal parts Grenache and Syrah and a splash of Mourvedre).

As I mentioned in the open, I’ve had the Fondreche wines in my cellar over several vintages and generally been thrilled with them. I bought them because they’re pretty much always great values, and that’s when you’re paying FULL RETAIL. When I saw a recent closeout list come around with one of their wines on it, well I just couldn’t resist and we bought the whole stock. What specifically did we get?

The 2006 Domaine de Fondreche Nadal, along with a couple of cases of the 2005. These wines pretty consistently score 90 points from Parker (plus or minus a point or two), and the CellarTracker reviews are centered exactly the same place. Parker’s tasting notes describe the 2006 as “dark ruby/purple color, a big, sweet kiss of kirsch liqueur intermixed with licorice, loamy soil notes, and hints of pepper and lavender. It is full-bodied, fleshy, rich, and ideal for drinking over the next 4-5 years,” while he characterizes the 2005 as stylistically different but every bit as good: “elegant and structured, with a dark ruby/purple color, and excellent purity and depth”. The CellarTracker notes are similarly effusive: “simply delicious,” “really tasty QPR,” and “amazing quality for the price.”

Typical retail on this wine is $22-$25 a bottle, but because we bought it on closeout, in volume, we’ve been able to secure an especially fantastic deal for the Guild:

Domaine de Fondreche Nadal 2006/2005
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $14.30 • Premier Cru: $14.95 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $24.00
Buy Now!

While we have a good supply of these, quantities are limited since it is a closeout. So we’ll do first come, first served up to a case, and you’re welcome to request more but we can’t guarantee it. While most of what we have is the 2006, if you prefer the 2005 style based on the notes above let us know and we’ll reserve those for you if possible.

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