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Domaine Fortune
Domaine Fortuné

Domaine Fortuné has existed since 1907, when Fortuné Robert planted around 4 hectares of Aramon and Carignan vines around the village of Souvignargues, a few kilometres north-east of Sommières, between Montpellier and Nîmes. 4 generations and 110 years later, the area under vine now comprises 30 hectares, planted to Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Merlot for red wines, Cinsault for rosé and Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Sauvignon for the whites.

The current owner and winemaker Gilbert Robert (great grandson of Fortuné) began working for the family business in 1988 and took the reins completely in 1997, soon converting the whole estate to certified organic status. The terroir is comprised of several different types of soils - hard limestone, marl and clay-limestone being the main types - set in gently rolling countryside, with the Camargue and Mediterranean to the south and the foothills of the Cevennes to the north. In the spring, natural grass is allowed to flourish in the vineyard, which helps to control/maintain the amount of moisture in the soil. In drier times, this grass is destroyed by plowing and buried in the ground, thus increasing the amount of natural humus in the soil.
 
 

The estate is fully organic, with only a little copper sulphate and SO2 - along with occasional herbal mixtures - used for treatment in the vineyards. The winery is equipped with modern stainless steel vats and just a handful of barrels (most of the wines see little or no oak).

We first met Gilbert at a summer 2013 gathering of various wine growers in the area, a number of which we have subsequently imported from - namely, Terre Inconnue, Domaine Adèléandre, Domaine de Foltodon and Domaine de Maruejols.

Given that Gilbert's wines are - in terms of quality-price ratio - up there with the best of them, the only surprise is that it has taken this long to begin importing them. For these are some of the purest and most delicious Languedoc wines it is possible to imagine - the white, rosé and reds are all of a very high quality indeed. We urge you to give them a try and see exactly what we mean!


Domaine Fortuné Angélique 2016 IGP Cévennes
Domaine Fortune Angelique 2016
Vintage
2016

Region IGP Cévennes - north of Sommieres, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry white - medium-to-full bodied.
Grapes 80% Grenache Blanc, 20% Vermentino
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food On its own, or with fish, seafood, chicken, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 or 3 years

A blend of Grenache Blanc and Vermentino (a.k.a Rolle). Whilst 10% of the Grenache is fermented in barrique, the remainder of the wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel vats, so any oak influence is absolutely minimal. The colour is a bright, limpid straw/gold. The nose offers a complex array of fresh tree-fruit aromas (notably peach, orange and apricot) with subtle pea pod, floral, apple pie and freshly cut grass notes. The palate has a gently creamy texture to it, although the overall mouth feel is almost (but not quite) bone dry, with those white tree fruit and soft citrus flavours to the fore. There's just a hint of orange zest, along with subtle fennel, herb and spice nuances and plenty of mouth-watering acidity. It also possesses a slightly savoury/saline quality, countered by a refreshing mineral/wet stone streak, which adds complexity and carries through to a long, cool finish. This really is top quality wine-making, with a flavour and texture profile similar to a white Chateauneuf-du-Pape or top Cotes du Rhone. It deserves to be paired with food - broadly speaking, simple chicken or fish dishes, or perhaps a quiche or pissalidiere - rather than simply quaffing. A really beautiful wine, which is lovely to drink now (and even better on day 2) and will continue to evolve for at least another year or two.

 

Price:  £11.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Fortuné Oxalide 2016 IGP Cévennes
Vintage
2016

Region IGP Cévennes - north of Sommieres, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry rosé - medium bodied.
Grapes 90% Cinsault, 10% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food On its own, or with fish, seafood, cold cuts and salads
Next day
As good
Drink Now, or over the next 2 or 3 years

Unlike most rosés, which are made only from free-run juice (and therefore merely a by-product of the red wine-making process) this is a "vin de pressurage" - the grapes are pressed and used only for this wine. Ultra-pale orange-pink-onion skin in colour, with a nose that is delightfully fresh and vibrant, offering notes of white stone fruits, redcurrant, orange peel, strawberries and clotted cream, with a subtle whiff of garrigue herbs and plenty of wet stone minerality. The palate too is fresh, zingy and chock full of those summer fruit flavours, again infused with gentle garrigue herb nuances and hints of fennel seed and orange peel. And whilst the nose may be creamy, the texture is focused, grippy and pretty much bone-dry, with a mountain stream freshness, laser-like acidity, the merest suggestion of grape skin tannin and a long, ever-so-slightly spicy finish. All-in-all, this is a beautifully-crafted rosé, which puts me in mind of the rather more expensive rosés produced by Domaines Ott in Provence. Enough said!

 

Price:  £10.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Fortuné Obade 2015 Languedoc
Domaine Fortune Obade 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Languedoc - north of Sommieres, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-full bodied.
Grapes A blend of Syrah,  Grenache and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, casseroles, lasagne
Next day
As good
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years

An initial meaty/smoky note blows off quickly to reveal bright, spicy/herby red fruit aromas, with additional notes of leather, brioche, damp earth and kirsch. The palate is generous, full-bodied and beautifully ripe, offering fresh and crystallised red cherry and redcurrant fruit flavours, with ripe, chewy tannins. There's a touch of saline minerality too, with background notes of pepper/spice and ample acidity, followed by a really quite Rhône-like long, warming, sweet-sour-savoury finish.

 

Price:  £12.79 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Fortuné l'As de Fortuné 2015 Languedoc
Domaine Fortune l'As de Fortune 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Languedoc - north of Sommieres, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-full bodied.
Grapes 65% Syrah, 35% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food All manner of meats, spicy sausages, pizza, pasta
Next day
As good
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years

Clear, bright cherry red. As soon as you stick your nose in the glass, you are transported to a warm summer's eve in the south of France - there's a veritable pot-pourri of strawberry, raspberry, red cherry and floral aromas, accompanied by a hint of leather and a gentle waft of woodsmoke. It really is delightfully understated and elegant, so much so that there's an almost Burgundian feel to it, both aromatically and structurally. Piquant, sweet-sour red fruit flavours combine with gently rustic tannins and juicy, cherry skin acidity, leading to long, peppery-spicy finish. It's a lovely drop already, but will no doubt be even better after another year or two in bottle.

 

Price:  £13.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Fortuné Jadis 2015 Languedoc Sommières
Vintage
2015

Region Languedoc - north of Sommieres, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied.
Grapes Syrah,  Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, lamb, cassoulet, game
Next day
As good
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years

50% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre and 17% Carignan (mostly aged in vat, though the Carignan is aged for 6 months in barrique). The nose on this wine is utterly compelling - a classic Languedoc pot-pourri of black fruit and garrigue herb aromas, with further notes of raspberry compote, redcurrant, soft citrus, leather, subtle hints of flowers and polished old wood - not to mention a very definite mineral streak. It really is so beautifully fresh and full of vitality, revealing something new every time you stick your nose in the glass. And the palate certainly doesn't disappoint, with an attack of fresh bramble, black/redcurrant and damson flavours, with underlying spice and herb notes and again a real streak of wet stone minerality. All of those sweet-sour, fruity-savoury, herby-spicy elements linger long in the mouth and combine seamlessly around a core of lapsang tea-like tannins and mouth-watering soft citrus acidity. This really is such an elegant and complex wine which, for me, captures the essence of all that is so wonderful about Languedoc red wine - one that, at 3 years old, is eminently approachable now, but which at the same time has the capacity to age and evolve into something even more compelling and delicious over the next 5 to 10 years. Wow, this is great wine!

 

Price:  £18.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Fortuné Six - Save 10%
Domaine Fortuné Six
A specially priced 6-bottle sampler, covering our brilliant new range of wines from Domaine Fortuné. The wines in this selection normally retail separately for £79.27. This 6-bottle case is offered at the special price of £71.34 (a saving of 10%). Please note - this offer is limited to one per customer. The selection comprises the following wines;

Dry White:
2 x Angélique 2016 IGP Cévennes

Rosé:
1 x Oxalide 2016 IGP Cévennes

Dry Red:
1 x Obade 2015 Languedoc
1 x l'As de Fortuné 2015 Languedoc
1 x Jadis 2015 Languedoc Sommières

 

Price:  £71.34 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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