The appellation of Fitou has over 2,200 hectares under vine and is sub-divided into two distinct regions: Fitou 'Maritime', on the Mediterranean coast, and Fitou 'Montagneux' which is, as the name suggests, inland and elevated. The coastal vineyards tend to produce softer, more forward-drinking wines whilst those at altitude often exhibit more complexity and longevity. Jean-Marc Astruc's 'Domaine des Rebouls' is based in the rugby-loving hill town of Tuchan: the heartland of the Montagneux region. He is a thoughtful and talented wine-maker and is married to Katie Jones - a gifted wine-maker in her own right - so doesn't have to search far for a second opinion on oenological matters. Made from a traditional blend of Carignan, Grenache Noir and Syrah (in roughly equal volumes), Jean-Marc's wine has rapidly established a loyal following on these shores since we first shipped it 3 years ago. With a bouquet of hedgerow berries, bay and myrtle and a palate of autumnal dark stone fruit offset by a fresh acidity and peppery tannins, it is a wonderfully authentic, life-affirming red to enjoy with a bowl of cassoulet or beef stew. It drinks well from release but will support 2-3 years bottle age.