Bright deep red. Reticent but superripe aromas of strawberry and pepper. Supple and intensely fruity in the mouth, with complicating notes of spice and pepper. Finishes with dusty tannins and very good persistence. Serious Cotes du Rhone.
Robert Parker 90
The 1998 Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone is dark ruby/purple-tinged and tannic . The attack and mid-palate reveal rich, concentrated, peppery, earthy fruit. Most readers would probably assume the Cotes du Rhone will be ready to drink at an early age, but this full-bodied, dense, structured 1998 requires 3-4 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. Importers: Alain Junguenet, Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ; tel. (908) 654-6173 and Martine’s Wines, Novato, CA; tel. (415) 883-0400
Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020