DOMAINE DES FOULARDS ROUGE, JEAN-FRANCOIS NICQ
Montesquieu des Alberes Organic
Jean-François Nicq took over the domaine in 2002. It was then ten hectares and he
planted a further two on beautiful schist and gneiss slopes. In his first year he began the
conversion to organic viticulture. In his previous job he vinified the wines at the co-op in
the Côtes-du-Rhône (Estezargues) where he worked without sulphur and maintained
this practice of natural winemaking at Foulards for his first vintage. The terroir is Les
Albères in the Pyrenées-Orientales, 10km from the sea and Collioure, where the
maritime influence brings the freshness that enables the wines to reach phenolic
maturity without excessive alcohol. The nor-nor –east exposition of the vines
compounds this character and finally the soils which make up this ancient granitic area bequeath a delicacy and elegance to the wines. The yields are kept low by the climatic conditions; successive droughts over the years have forced the vines to develop deep root systems to search for water and mineral nourishment.
Depending on the parcel the yields range from 5- 25hl/ha. Purity is the watchword here; the first thing you notice is the freshness of the wines, and, dare one say, some pretty juicy fruit.
Le Fond de l’Air est Rouge is a 100% Cinsault on decomposed granite, vinified in carbonic maceration, at 11% alcohol and no SO2 added. This is 100% light and delicious with lovely aromas of spiced raspberry, tart cherry and rose. The palate is light and bright but with surprising depth, showing pretty berry fruits, earth and citrus, that continues in the refreshing finish. It’s a perfect summer red to serve quite cool with grilled foods, charcuterie and mild cheeses.