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Fons Sanatis B...D'Agniane 2010

Fons Sanatis B...D'Agniane 750ML 2010   
Sku: 000000021268

Domaine Fons Sanatis - Benoit Braujou St Jean de Fos, small village nested in the Languedoc 7 hectares - 17acres total production 18 000btls - 1500cs
B... d’Agniane 2010: 100% Vermentino (18hl/hecares) Vinified and aged in burgundy barrels for 9 months (228L), then racked by gravity after clarification and filtered before bottling. glass closure to protect from oxydation. Comes form a parcel on limestone soils (acid) that was hand harvested early in the morning. Notes: lucious terture with herbatious and bitter notes of Vermentino, aromatic notes of star anis with a hint of mint.
Benoit’s story... Benoit comes from a family of winegrowers and coopers. His grand father had to abandon his cellar in the 60’s and started working for the local Coop, selling the fruit of his land without vinifying it. When coming back from the war in Algeria in 1962, his father was not able to revive the family domaine, yet kept on working the vineyards with passion, and passed on to Benoit his love of the land and farming along with a respect for nature. Benoit began working in the family vineyard as soon as he was 14 and went to school part time to study viticulture and oenology. He did many internships in order to broaden his knowledge, in Alsace with Pierre Kappler, in Cote du Rhone (Cairanne) at l’Oratoire St Martin as well as in Cote Rotie with Yves Cuilleron, where he was hired as Vineyard Manager at the age of 23. These experiences allowed him to learn about vinification, the wine aging process and the different stages of wine from when the grapes come in to the winery through the moment when they are bottled. In 2003, Benoit came back to his home land and started from scratch his own domaines, “Fons Sanatis” in St Jean de Fos. To begin, he was able to rent vines in the village of Aniane and Puechabon (2.5 hectares, 6.17 acres) - also known as the homeland of Mas Daumas Gassac (Benoit’s grand father was the one to tell Aime Guibert which parcels to buy when he first settled in the region in 1978) and Grange des Peres. In the vineyard he rented there were some traditional varieties such as carignan and aramon, and also some merlot and cabernet sauvignon perceived as more noble. He rented a shack in the village, got some equipment and that is how he started to work like his grand father did back in the time where they had a family estate, in a natural way (organic). He likes to say “we did not invent anything, we forgot about it”. Benoit does not submit his wines to the AOC. He does this in order to be able to make the wines he wants and likes without having to answer to any type of standards that would impose a certain brake down of varietals, or a certain profile that he thinks standardizes the wines rather then letting them express the land and vintage they come from. In order to be in the AOC system you need to put a lot of “noble” varietals like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. He has very little of those and prefers working with the indigenous varietal which are carignan, grenache, aramon and vermentino.

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Country: France
Region: Languedoc Roussillon
Sub-Region: Languedoc
Grape Varietal: Vermentino
Type: Still wine
 
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