Fitou is a relatively small AOC that consists of two finger-like extensions into the larger and more well-known appellation of Corbières. One is very close to the Mediterranean Sea, while is other is located inland and has a much higher elevation. As a whole, Fitou has similar characteristics of terroir to Corbières - mountain and ocean influences, abundant sunshine, and well-drained soils - and is also planted to varietals found in the southern Rhône: Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.
Today’s offer is an estate wine crafted by Mont Tauch, a cooperative with 1500 hectares of vineyards located in the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon that has been making wines from Corbières and Fitou as well as Vin de Pays for over 100 years. Château de Montmal is a new and sustainably produced Fitou from the village of Villeneuve-les-Corbières which, together with Paziols and Tuchan, is one of the three villages to produce Fitou at Mont Tauch.*
Aged in new French oak for 12 months in order to add weight and depth, the 2020 Château de Montmal Fitou is a blend of grenache, carignan, and syrah that is complex and satisfying. It has an inviting nose of brambly black fruits that lead to a full-bodied palate of blackberries and black cherries layered with savory herbs, tobacco, and cocoa dust. Check out the press!
90 points, James Suckling:
"Notes of blackberries, dark cherries, plums, and a hint of cocoa powder. Medium to full body with chewy tannins. Firm, with fresh acidity, silky tannins, and a compact finish." (10/5/22)
Producer Name: Mont Tauch
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: France
Quality Designation: AOC
Grape Varietals: Grenache, Carignan, Syrah.
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Pack/Size: 6/750 ml btls packed in WOOD
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Burgundy-style bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork
*from co-op website
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