The Fonsalette Côtes-du-Rhône wines are equally fascinating. They are made at Rayas, very much along the same lines. The low yields produce a red of great complexity with wonderful flavours of raspberries and blackcurrents. They have enormous charm and are always a revelation considering they are classified as a straightforward Côtes-du-Rhône.
The white is also excellent, less complex than the Rayas, it has a lovely texture and rich, exotic flavours on the palate. A wonderful rosé is also produced at Fonsalette as well as a special cuvee ... 100% Syrah. The Syrah vines are cloned from Chave's Hermitage vineyards. They are planted on cool north facing slopes. The wine is remarkebly dense, concentrated and rich. It only starts becoming drinkable after 15 to 20 years of ageing.