F/R – FRANÇOISE ROUMIEUX

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône Valley
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Côtes du Rhône

Cótes du Rhone AOC

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

When you open a bottle of F/R Côtes du Rhône, what stands out for this classic category is the depth of savory complexity and dark powerful fruit. From the usual suspects, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, the compelling aromatics and flavors immediately grab your attention and signal, this is a special wine. Françoise buys a small amount of fruit from friends who have the same vision for sustainable/organic farming that she does.

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Female winemaker Françoise Roumieux is the 5th generation at the prestigious Mayard family estate, boasting some very old vines in Châteuneuf-du-pape. This negociant project, under her own name, was started in 2016, utilizing grapes from friends and neighbors who share her passion for respectful environmental farming practices. With native yeast fermentation and longer than average aging, it is a hidden gem to be sure.

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"Le Hurlevent"

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre

Female winemaker Françoise runs the historic Mayard family in Châteaunuef-du-Pape. The “Le Hurlevent” represents a small production (1500 cases) negociant project sourcing from her neighbor. It is a full-bodied wine that is both dense and lively, the dark berry fruits of 40+ year-old vines unfolds on your palate with ripe, wild fruits like raspberry, currant, and cherry, complemented by classic French garrigue notes and savory goodness.

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The Mayard family is now certified organic and while this small amount of purchased fruit isn’t certified, Françoise goes out of her way to source from producers in the area who have the same high standards for their vineyards as she does. The Hurlevent is a blend of Grenache (70%), Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre aged in concrete vats to retain the freshness and lively character of the ripe fruits. Native yeast fermentation helps maintain the integrity of the terroir and natural character of the region.

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

35% Grenache, 35% Clairette, 30% Roussane

This white wine is pure pleasure and embodies the way this natural landscape in the Southern Rhone valley feels. With the frequent winds, typical of this area, the air feels alive and aromatized. The white wine from Françoise is expressive with layered aromatics of fresh flowers, honeycomb, apricot, and tropical fruits. The texture is full, round, and silky and the finish is relaxed yet lively and lingering.

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From a region dominated by red grapes, well-made white wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape are a rare treasure. Françoise is the head winemaker and decision maker at the esteemed Mayard family estate and we are excited to share with you a small production made under her own name, the F/R series. ONLY 250 cases produced from a single vineyard called “Les Galimardes”.

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