Highlights: Domaine Jones Fitou Vieilles Vignes 2017

Fitou is an appellation in France’s Languedoc region, where red blends dominate, and Carignan is a major player in these wines. This wine, from Domaine Jones, comes from 15 different plots of old vineyards in Tuchan and Paziols, and it has lovely depth and balance.

Here’s a video of me tasting the wine:

Domaine Jones Fitou Vieilles Vignes 2017 Languedoc, France
14.5% alcohol. Blending together Carignan, Grenache and Syrah, this is a really harmonious blend in which all the varietal components seem to contribute something. Although this is guesswork, it seems that the Carignan provides the structural and acid backbone as well as some black fruits, the Grenache the smooth red fruit silkiness and warmth, and the Syrah hints of meat and pepper, as well as black cherry freshness. There’s some generosity here, and a touch of alcoholic warmth, but overall this is beautifully balanced and has some seriousness, as well as drinkability. There’s freshness here. 92/100

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