We have just take delivery of the new vintage of Domaine Jones Fitou made by Katie Jones in the South of France. Fitou is one of the largest appellations in the Languedoc-Roussillon and is responsible for a large volume of not great wine. Fortunately there are small, quality producers, like Domaine Jones, who are producing some great Fitou.
The grapes for this wine come from vineyards owned by Katie in the village of Tuchan. The traditional Fitou blend is Carignan, Grenache and Syrah and these are sourced from small plots planted with just one grape variety on a different soil types, this allows for more control of the blending.
Domaine Jones Fitou Appellation D’Origine Protegée 2011
Domaine Jones Fitou Tasting Note
Very dense dark red / purple colour. The nose is full of aromas of dark fruits, hints of strawberry, blackberry confit, spicy, peppery notes and hints of anise. Leading onto the palate there are flavours of cherries, cherry stones, dark fruit and pencil boxes with an almost jammy, but dry, finish. The finish is persistant with grippy tannins and good acidity. A fun red wine, this is chunky yet with an elegance and purity that one wouldn’t normally associate with wines from this area. Should age gracefully for up to 5 years if cellared correctly. Try with meat casseroles, coq au vin and grilled steak. It would be great with a selection of cheeses.
Please have a look at my other blog post for more about Katie’s story and her other wines.