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Download the Guide "Les Chemins du FiTOU" guaranteed vintage since 1948 The first "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée" wine of Languedoc-Roussillon, is only produced in nine small communal areas: FITOU, CAVES, TREILLES, LEUCATE and LA PALME, which are all beside the sea, between Narbonne and Perpignan, and CASCASTEL, PAZIOLS, TUCHAN, and VILLENEUVE in the Corbières-Massif. History Documents going back as far as Philip Augustus, Louis XIII and Louis XIV bear witness to the long-standing reputation of Fitou wines. Rabelais particularly appreciated "vin de Palme" which now has the "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée Fitou" label. The vineyards The vineyards are set out on shaly and argilocalcareous soils with exceptional exposure to the sun. The countryside, whose relief consists in parts of hills and slopes and in others of plateaux, has the advantage of a particularly dry climate and is often swept by a high wind, the "Cers". The vines The Carignan grape is at its very best in this countryside: here it ripens to perfection to give strong, full-bodied wines with real substance and a rich, deep colour. The Grenache grape is the ideal complement to the Carignan, bringing its fine, smooth, mellow qualities. A small percentage of Syrah and Mourvèdre also brings its richness in flavour and a delicious aftertaste worthy of the greatest of wines. From the marriage of these varieties of vines is born the harmony which characterises the Fitou wines. The wines Whilst the region, the climate and the vines enable wines to be produced, which are remarkable for their body and fullness, the enthusiast has the opportunity to discover the nuances which develop as the wines mature. First we find young, full-bodied wines with the fragrance of flowers and fruit, rich in noble tanins. Then, beyond two years of age, we encounter wines with a real structure, with a dark, deep colour and a nose with a hint of violet, liquorice, thyme, rosemary and the flowers of the Provençal moorland. These wines are always elegant and deliciously mellow. Keeping the wines Fitou wines may only be brought on to the market after a period of nine months after the harvest. It is then that their quality is inspected by the "National Institute of Appellations Contrôlées" and the "Winegrowers Association". However, in most cases, the wines are only made available for consumption after a period of twelve to eighteen months maturation, for the youngest among them. A signal characteristic of A.O.C. Fitou is its capacity to mature and improve with age. Thus, extremely good bottles of Fitou are four or five years old and sometimes much older still. Allow the bottles of Fitou to mature in a cool cellar at a relatively constant temperature and you will be pleasantly surprised. The wine matures and brings to culmination those innate qualities of distinction and elegance which characterise it. Fitou and gastronomy When young, Fitou wines are a pleasant accompaniment to white meats and cold meat dishes. When fully matured to bring out their bouquet and aromatic flavour, Fitou wines go perfectly with red meats, game and, of course, cheese. "Omnia fecit deus, Fitou homines" Without a doubt, one of the symbols of the majesty and munificence of Fitou wines, the Mesnie des Chevaliers, created in 1987, celebrates both the bacchic land of Fitounia and its finest wines, having contributed to their renown ever since its creation. Thus, constituting a hundred or so chapters, under the direction of its Grand Master, over 600 celebrities have been initiated into the brotherhood. Every year, in its name, a jury of connoisseurs awards a coat of arms to Fitou wines of the highest quality. The coat of arms, appropriately, depicts the 4 villages of High Fitou (red) and the 5 villages of Coastal Fitou (blue), Aguilar castle and a cluster of carignan grapes. Its motto: "Omnia fecit deus, Fitou homines", "God made all, men Fitou", full of southern humour, is a nod in the direction of the "divine origins" of the Fitou A.O.C, the first red wine of Languedoc. Holidays in Languedoc, holidays in the country of Fitou
FiTOU aoc - 37bis av de la Mer - 11480 LA PALME - FRANCE - tél. +33 (0)468 404 270 - fax. +33 (0)468 404 271 L'abus d'alcool est dangereux pour la santé, consommer avec modération