Domaine la Fourmone

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Domaine la Fourmone is a multi-generational domaine run by Marie-Thérèse Combe and her daughter, Florentine and son, Albin. The property dates back to the mid-1700’s when it originally grew wheat. Wine began to be grown in the 19th century and then became the crop after Julien Combe purchased the property in 1910.

The domaine cultivates 41 ha (104 acres) of vineyards of which, 20ha are in Vacqueyras, 10ha are in Gigondas, 7ha of Côtes-du-Rhône and IGP and 4ha of vines on the southern edge of the Dentelles hills that reside in the Ventoux appellation.

Winemaking is traditional. Concrete vats are used for the fermentation and ageing of the reds. A very small percentage of the white Vacqueyras and the old vine cuvées red are aged in 600 litre demi-muids, so there is next to no oak flavour influence on the wines.

The Vacqueyras wines are grown on the northern sector where sand predominates, thus producing silky tannin wines with exuberant red fruit complexity, The old vine “Ceps d’Or” cuvée is often fermented with the stems and can age for up to ten to fifteen years in a good vintage. The sand also bring great freshness to the delicate Vacqueyras white.

The Gigondas terroir is located on the small section of the appellation that is south facing which brings riper, bigger fruit than is generally found in the other wines of the appellation. La Fourmone’s Gigondas soils are very high in limestone content which underpin a great mineral edge to their two cuvées.

Wine Details

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Vacqueyras White: Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Roussanne. Matured mainly in stainless with a little oak. Ageing potential: Up to 4 years.

Vacqueyras “Le Poéte”: Mainly Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre from sandy soils. Matured in concrete. Ageing potential: Up to 7 years.

Vacqueyras “Les Ceps d’Or”: Mainly old vine Grenache with old vine Mourvèdre from sandy soils. Matured in concrete. Ageing potential: Up to 10 years.

Gigondas “Le Fauquet”: Mainly Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre from heavy, limestone south-facing slopes. Matured in concrete. Ageing potential: Up to 10 years.

Gigondas “Le Secret”: Old Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah from heavy, limestone south-facing slopes. Matured mainly in concrete with a little oak. Ageing potential: Up to 12 years.

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Fourmone white bottle
Fourmone poete bottle
Fourmone fauquet bottle
Fourmone secret bottle