93 points Jeb Dunnuck
"Moving to the classic cuvee of the estate, the 2016 Ventoux Domaine checks in as 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre that will spend 18 months in a mix of stainless steel and tank. It offers a beautifully complex bouquet of black raspberries, candied violets, cedary spice and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, incredibly polished and elegant, I suspect it’s the finest Domaine release to date."
92 points Wine Advocate
"The glass-staining 2016 Ventoux Rouge boasts knockout aromas of black cherries and blueberries. It's a medium to full-bodied wine, creamy-supple in texture even at this embryonic stage, with hints of dried herbs and baking spices adding complexity. If this quality is reflected in the bottle it should be a screaming value."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Domaine de Fondrèche estate is situated at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the famous mountain in the Vaucluse department of the South of France, and covers a surface area of 38 hectares. For over twenty years the vineyard has been tended using natural methods to create a harmony between the vines, the earth, and the surrounding environment, and to produce wines that reflect the local terroir. The yield of each varietal is reasoned, no chemical weed killers are used, and the earth is worked mechanically to strengthen the natural defences of the vines, encouraging the roots to burrow deeper and thereby protecting the vines from bad weather. Fondrèche is a unique place, with a special terroir and climate due to the influence of Mont Ventoux which brings currents of cold air and leads to big differences in temperature between day and night. Grape varieties: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre. Terroir: The vines are 40 years old on average and grow in the plateau’s north and south-facing clay-chalk soil. Tasting notes: Deep colour, an intense nose of red berries, black cherry, blueberry, raspberry, violet and woody spices. Generous, harmonious, round and silky on the palate. Food pairing: Goes well with duck with thyme, steak with a peppery sauce or even poultry.