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Domaine Font Sarade

Winemaker Bernard and Claire Burle
Location 📍 Vacqueyras, France
Size 35 hectare
Established in 1960
Grapes Syrah, Grenache, Carignan
Specificity Female winemaker

 

The Burle family’s estate is quite a sizeable entity – 35 ha in the Northern Rhône appellation of Cornas, which is only 90 ha. Grapes used to get sold off in bulk, since the cuverie was not big enough to handle what would have been quite a large production. But cue a new cellar, and cue the return home of Burle daughter, Claire, back from her wine-making travels in Australia. With dad Bernard still involved, they are now able to bottle a lot more wine under their own name, and yet still retain their previous flexibility (which is a great fall-back to have, especially if cash-flow gets squeezed). A faultless combination.

 

“The diversity of our terroir is the key. We have many types of terroirs and soils. Clay soil for Vacqueyras, calcareous for the Gigondas, sandy for the Ventoux and stony for the Plan de Dieu. Our terroir is really rich: each of these soils bring specificity to the wine.”

Claire, September 2020 on our Wine Maker interview

Ventoux, Les Terres Rouges, Font Sarade, 2020
Forget the fact that Ventoux is not one of the ‘smart’ appellations, we go with the winemaking skills of the Burle father/daughter team.
£11.50
Country
France
Region
Rhône
Style
Fruity & Uplifting
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Côtes du Rhône-Villages, Plan de Dieu, Font Sarade, 2020
When you go to South of France and you smell thyme, bay leave, flowers and the ripen, sun mouthful red fruits, the dream, right? And what if you can find it all in this bottle?
£13.50
Country
France
Region
Rhône
Style
Fruity & Uplifting
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Vacqueyras, Les Hauts de La Ponche, Font Sarade, 2016
One of the great Rhône vintages of recent times, so it’s beautiful for drinking now, but will also last until 2022.
£16.50
Country
France
Region
Rhône
Style
Fruity & Uplifting
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Gigondas, Cuvée les Pigières, Font Sarade, 2019
Gigondas used to suffer by comparison to neighbouring Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but this is no longer the case, wines every bit as good.
£19.50
Country
France
Region
Rhone
Style
Fruity & Uplifting
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