Domaine Fond Croze Côtes-du-Rhône Villages “Aphrodite” Vaison La Romaine 2020 (Organic)

ABV: 15.00%
Region: Rhône
Country: France
Producer: Domaine Fond Croze

“Aphrodite” is the marriage of over 60 years old’s Syrah Petit Grain with Viognier on the northern slopes. Very intense and of great finesse. An exceptional length in the mouth. It will sing in a few years’ time!


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Domaine Fond Croze was established in 1918 by Charles Long. Now in its fourth generation, this family business is run by brothers Daniel (Vineyard Manager) and Bruno Long (Winemaker).  Daniel looks after the 70-hectare vineyard and takes care to apply viticulture that respects the environment. Their vineyard was converted to organic farming in 2009. Bruno perfects himself in the field of oenology and elaborates today cuvées of excellence and character.


85% Syrah – 15% Viognier

Vineyard & Vinification Note

Terroir: Vineyard of Saint-Roman-De-Malegarde, stony clay-limestone hillsides, with a North-West exposure offering a slight freshness in the mouth. Cuvée made with old Syrah vines and Viognier.

Manual harvest in whole bunches, the two grape varieties are assembled directly on the plot. The start of fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks, with intense extraction work. The fermentation is finished in barrels.

Tasting Note

Very intense, ruby ​​red colour with purplish reflections. On the nose, it is a rich and powerful wine with aromas of black fruits, orange blossom and pepper. On the palate, an explosive fruit, which blends perfectly with very elegant tannins. A spicy aromatic finish. An exceptional length in the mouth. Ageing potential: 12 to 15 years

Jeb Dunnuck

In contrast to the more restrained and elegant wines in the lineup, the 2020 Côtes Du Rhône Villages Vaison-La-Romaine Aphrodite is a big, rich, exuberant beauty with a great nose of dark berry fruits, orange blossom, pepper, and flowers. Checking in as 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier that was not destemmed, it’s medium to full-bodied, has a great mid-palate, and ripe tannins. It’s certainly a unique wine in the line-up and is young, unevolved, and primary, none of which are a bad thing for a barrel sample. I’d suggest a year or three of bottle age, and it should keep for a decade or more. 91/93 Points, January 2022.

Food Pairing

Perfect with red meat, grilled meat, game and roasted lamb.

Additional information

Weight 750 oz



Domaine Fond Croze




Syrah, Viognier




Organic, Still wines, Vegan

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