Château de Fontarèche is one of the historic estates in the Languedoc. It has been in the Mignard family since 1642 and is today owned by Jacques De Lamy. The estate is managed, however, by head winemaker Vincent Dubernet, whose father preceded him as consultant winemaker.
Viognier is a grape most famous for the heady and rare wines of Condrieu in the Northern Rhône. It's here it reaches its zenith, with prices to match. It is a tricky grape that needs optimum conditions to coax the best out of it, and at its best Viognier is a very attractive wine indeed with a complex aroma of honeysuckle, orange blossom and primrose, then classic stone fruit flavours of apricot and peach, sometimes spicy and herbal.
Château de Fontarèche's Les Mijanelles comes from a small parcel of Viognier called Pont Deux. This plot contains two distinct terroirs of clay and sand, which they describe as "like Laurel and Hardy" with contrasting offerings! All in all, that classic apricot flavour is to the fore, the palate is dry but the mouthfeel is full.