|WHAT IS COTES DE FRANCS?
Part of the Cotes de Bordeaux appellation, this is the smallest of the Bordeaux appellations, 450 hectares, and it is like a small independent state occupying the highest slopes of the Gironde, to the east of Saint Emilion.
CHATEAU CLOS FONTAINE
Later, on the same appellation, Dominique Thienpont purchased a few hectares and developed Chateau Clos Fontaine to produce a 100% old merlot wine: a mineral, floral, solidly constructed, and nuanced wine, typically from the extraordinary Cotes de Francs terroir.
The name, “Clos Fontaine” comes from an old local legend from the roman times revealing that a “magic” spring (Fontaine in French) of very pure water flows nearby the wine estate in a deep rock, up the hill to the nearby village of Saint Cibard. According to the legend, if you can drink it, you will be lucky for the rest of your life!
MORE ABOUT THE WINE:
Organically farmed, once picked, the grapes are sorted and fed into stainless steel tanks for whole-berry fermentation.
After a short and gentle extraction and subsequent maceration, the wine is put into one wine Pomerol or Saint Emilion barrels from 6 to 14 months.
After the roundness given by the wood, the wine comes back into the stainless tanks for another 2 years ageing. All interventions are decided by tasting. Bottling, normally takes place after 3 years ageing.
Typical Côtes de Francs giving a lot of pleasure, has an harmonious structure with a lot of freshness and elegance. Excellent union of fruit aromas, wood perfumes and spice flavours.
Very good with grilled and sauced meat, cheese, Mediterranean and Asiatic dishes (Such as Sichuan and Cantonese food, but also good with Korean, Vietnam dishes).