Fitou "Retour aux Sources", Mas des Caprices
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Fitou "Retour aux Sources", Mas des Caprices - 2018

Item # 38745 750mL
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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

Tasting Notes

Fitou is a red wine appellation in the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon area of southern France. Fitou itself is a small village just miles from the coast. This is a classic red wine full of black fruit aromas, garrigue notes of fern, capers, rosemary and black olives. A complex rich wine that was partially (30%) aged in old wood casks.

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Staff Pick Notes

This is a wonderful red blend from Fitou, a small sub-region of the Languedoc-Roussillon. The main grape is Carignan, the two great partners are Grenache and Mourvèdre. Schist soil brings a nice minerality. The wine is matured in oak for ten months. Carignan provides tannin and color. Grenache, as always a great blending partner, gives berry flavors and perfume. Mourvedre adds herbal tones and body. This wine is pure, elegant, and layered. It reflects the traditional style of this small area: black fruit flavors followed by herbal notes, such as rosemary. ..."Retour aux Sources" is a strange name for a wine. The wine producers, Pierre and Mireille Mann, after opening a restaurant in Alsace, felt the need to produce their own wine and decided to "return to source." They moved back to Fitou...thank you for doing that!


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