Domaine de la Fontainerie, 2017 Update

I first visited Domaine de la Fontainerie a few years ago, back in 2014. I ended up there simply because I asked a trusted vigneron in the appellation who else I might visit in a spare few hours in my schedule, and they recommended Catherine Dhoye-Deruet (pictured below) of Domaine de la Fontainerie. Never having experienced the wines before, I didn’t know quite what to expect, but what I found was an interesting array of wines, ranging from sec up to quite botrytis-rich moelleux cuvées, as well as a very striking brut cuvée from the 2009 vintage. In the end it turned out to be a worthwhile visit, expanding my knowledge of the appellation a little more, and I was very happy to have met that 2009 Vouvray Brut.

Domaine de la Fontainerie

Earlier this year I met up with Catherine again, and this time she put on a rather more comprehensive tasting which gave me a more detailed look at the domaine and its wines. The focus was on the 2015 vintage, now on the market, although as I worked my way through the sec, demi-sec, moelleux and sparkling cuvées my tasting journey was punctuated by encounters with older vintages, little glimpses of what these younger wines might become ten or fifteen years from now. I came away from the tasting more impressed with Catherine and her wines than I was on our first meeting.

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