Fitou Wine

Fitou Wine

Fitou is a large, historic and prolific enclave of viticulture that is home to over 200 independent winemakers and 3 large-scale Caves Co-opératives. A multitude of suppliers means that quality is inevitably variable but matters are further complicated by a geographical sub-division that is not declared on wine labels. There are two distinct zones of production: Fitou 'Montagneux' - a high altitude inland area of free-draining schist-based soils; and Fitou 'Maritime' - a coastal section with a clay and limestone terroir. Collectively, both parcels have 2,600 hectares of declared vineyard but the yields are significantly lower on the higher plantings so their contribution is smaller. It is ill-advised to generalise too much about stylistic differences but generally the lower-altitude wines tend to be lighter and for earlier consumption whereas the hill country yields more concentrated wines of greater longevity.

Jean-Marc Astruc's Domaine des Rebouls is located in the village of Tuchan, some 26 kilometres northwest of Perpignan, and his red is a quintessential example of a 'Montagneux' wine. Made from a blend of old-vine Carignan, Grenache Noir and Syrah in roughly equal volumes, it has a bouquet of dark hedgerow berries with spicy undertones and a supple palate of black fruit and bay leaves supported by tannins that have softened with bottle age. It makes a fine partner to red meat and mushroom dishes and will cellar well for 2 to 3 years.

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  1. Fitou: Domaine des Rebouls 2017
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    £13.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £167.40
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