Domaine Fontanel

Tautavel, France

Things have changed at Domaine Fontanel, but with a sense of continuity. Elodie and Matthieu Collet bought the domaine from Pierre and Marie-Claude Fontaneil in 2017 and have already made a name for themselves, being elected no less than Vignerons de l'Année (Roussillon) du Guide Hachette 2019.

After both graduating as agricultural engineers in 2004, Matthieu and Elodie decided to become winemakers. Over the years they both travelled the world from the US via Champagne and the Loire to broaden their experience and expertise before passing their oenology diploma in Montpellier. Elodie specialises in taste and after working in sensory analysis for many years now makes the wine at the domaine, while Matthieu enjoys working in the vines.

Their first reason for buying the domaine was their love for the wines previously made by Pierre: he agreed to stay working alongside them for a year, another crucial advantage. Their goal is to make traditional wines, expressive of Roussillon. The white is round and generous (Elodie dislikes the trend for acidification) and the reds are rich and concentrated. The Vin Doux Naturels are fresher than they used to be, in accordance with the taste of their generation; and the reds are more polished as they achieve finer tannins and a lighter structure - but please don’t tell Pierre…

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Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon, Rouge, Initium, 2017

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Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon, Rouge, Initium, 2017

From Syrah, Grenache and Carignan grown on schist near Maury, unoaked, this is a classic...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON117

GrapeSyrah, Grenache & Carignan

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Domaine Fontanel, Maury Grenat, 2017

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Domaine Fontanel, Maury Grenat, 2017

From one plot of 75 year old vines of Grenache Noir. This style is well-known for matching...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourRed

ABV16%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON617

GrapeGrenache

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Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Tautavel, Cistes, 2017

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Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Tautavel, Cistes, 2017

The style of this wine has changed: it’s now overtly oaky – with toast, coconutand sweet...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON217

GrapeSyrah/Shiraz Blend

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Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon Blanc, 2018

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Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon Blanc, 2018

Half comes from an ancient (1908) complanted vineyard near Tautavel, largely holding Grenache...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON718

GrapeWhite Blend

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Fontanel, Rivesaltes Ambre, 2011

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Fontanel, Rivesaltes Ambre, 2011

One of the most distinctive and exciting wines in our entire stock. From late-picked, 60...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourWhite

ABV16%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON911

GrapeGrenache Blanc

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Domaine Fontanel, Hominus Sapanius,  IGP Cotes Catalanes, Rouge 2019

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Domaine Fontanel, Hominus Sapanius, IGP Cotes Catalanes, Rouge 2019

From young vines of Syrah and Grenache, plus a little Mourvédre, grown in hot, dry and windy...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON419

GrapeSyrah, Grenache & Mourvedre

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Fontanel, Prieure, Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel, 2016

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Fontanel, Prieure, Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel, 2016

Based on one parcel on a high, windswept, north facing argilo-calcaire slope, this blend of 85%...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc & Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON316

GrapeSyrah/Shiraz Blend

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