Clos Fantine is situated in the village of Cabrerolles near Faugeres to the north of Beziers in the Languedoc. The domaine is run by Olivier Andrieu alongside his two sisters, Corine and Carole. There are 22 hectares in total, all farmed biodynamically. Harvesting is manual and yields are low. The main grape grown is Carignan (40%) with the addition of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and a little Syrah and the vines are up to 80 years in age. 'Courtiol' is the estate's top cuvee and is made mainly from Mourvedre with the addition of a little Carignan.
A dark purple/red in hue. On the nose, notes of black cherries, plums and blueberries. On the palate, full-bodied with pronounced tannins and a balanced acidity. The finish is elegant and lengthy suggesting earthy flavours. Drink with Clapassade (lamb stew with honey & olives), duck & fennel cassoulet or a chunk of Gruyere cheese.