The 2019 vintage in the Languedoc was very hot and dry. The region received very little rainfall through the growing season and high temperatures at the end of June caused some sunburn to the vines. As a result, the yield was reduced compared to previous harvests. The grapes were harvested in a healthy condition with a good level of acidity. The smaller berry size also resulted in more concentrated flavours.
50% Vermentino , 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Colombard
On arrival at the winery, the grapes are destemmed and crushed. The Colombard grapes are macerated on the skins to extract aroma and flavour compounds from the skins, and to add body to the wine. Fermentation takes places in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Racking is then carried out with the fine lees to add texture and weight to the wine.
Château Fontarèche is surrounded by 160 hectares of vines, which are sustainably farmed. The fruit for this blend of Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc and Colombard are sourced from the vineyards classified as IGP, situated just across the road from the property. The vines sit on an ancient limestone terrace and are rooted in a combination of gravel and limestone soil covered by large pebbles which contributes a lifted freshness to the wine.
Château de Fontarèche is one of the most historical estates in the Languedoc. It has been in the Mignard family since 1642 and is today owned by Jacques De Lamy. The estate is managed, however, by head winemaker Vincent Dubernet, whose father preceded him as consultant winemaker.