Domaine Jones Fitou is a superb red wine made by Katie Jones in the Languedoc Roussillon wine-growing region of France.
Domaine Jones is owned and run by Katie Jones. Katie was the Sales and Marketing Director for the Mont Tauch co-operative in the Languedoc for nearly twenty years until she fell in love with a small 3.5 hectare vineyard in the Maury Valley in 2007. The wine-making philosophy at Domaine Jones is to employ traditional, down-to-earth farming methods and innovative winemaking techniques to capture the characteristics of the terroir and the local area. Domaine Jones wines are only produced in very small quantities – this truly is boutique wine-making. They really are hand-made wines that have a surprising purity and freshness, due to the relatively high altitude of the vineyards that is unusual for wines from this area.
Katie was rather thrown in at the deep end back in 2007 and, after an initial bit of help from local Australian winemaker David Morrison to get her started, Katie has quickly learned wine-making and also does most of the work in the vineyard herself. Katie says of her wines: “I use traditional, down-to-earth farming methods, and want my vineyards to express themselves naturally, I’ve also employed new, innovative wine making techniques to enhance the character of the wines.” Today Katie’s main wines are her Domaine Jones Red and White and her Fitou although there are a number of other labels she produces (including some with her husband whose family are winemakers in the region).
Fitou is one of the largest appellations in the Languedoc-Roussillon and is responsible for a large volume of some not so great wine. Fortunately there are plenty of small, high quality producers, like Domaine Jones, who are producing some great Fitou, amongst other wines. The grapes for Domaine Jones Fitou are harvested from 15 vineyards owned by Katie scattered about the villages of Tuchan and Paziols. The secret to the quality of Katie’s Fitou probably has a lot to owe to the vine age – most of the vines are over 100 years old bringing freshness, depth and a beautiful texture to the wine. The grapes are sourced from small plots planted with just one grape variety on different soil types. Each plot is vinified separately, this allows for more control of the blending. The grapes are sorted by hand on a vibrating table which helps to removes and stalks and leaves before the grapes go into the vats. Domaine Jones Fitou is a traditionla Fitou blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah grapes with some oak-ageing.