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Domaine la Sarabande Faugères

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Ripe and juicy with a deep dark cherry to blackfruit character but emboldened by the more earthy, foresty, meaty savouriness of the Carignan. This has a layered texture and while no shrinking violet when it comes to tannin still it is still very approachable as a youngster. As in all good wine, balance is the key and here the blend is finely poised, generously flavoured and nuanced with spice.

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France, Southern France, Faugères
750 ml
Grape Varieties:
  • 60% Grenache
  • 25% Carignan
  • 15% Syrah & Mourvèdre
Organic (not certified)
Domaine la Sarabande Faugères
More information:

The AOC Faugères 2012 was made from a blend of 60% Grenache , 25% Carignan and 15% Syrah and Mourvèdre from ‘Mas de Lanus ‘ vines from the commune of Autignac . Our Grenache vineyard is on a northwest slope which consists of fine grey schist . The orientation of the slope, which encourages slow ripening, doesn’t cook the fruit. Therefore the Grenache is ripe yet not overly alcoholic. Carignan is sourced from an ancient vineyard of goblet vines that were minimally pruned and produces less 15HL per hectare. The fruit here is more rustic with fine tannins. The vineyard has been minimally worked to avoid compaction of the subsoil and sprayed with organic sprays to prevent mildews that are common in the district.

The grapes were harvested by hand when it was determined that the sugar, acidity and taste was to our liking. The grapes were crushed and de-stemmed and placed in a thousand liters fermenter with open tops. No yeast culture was added to the fermentation was completely natural. Temperature and nutrient levels were closely monitored and ferment lasted ten days. All varieties were vinified separately. The wine was racked and sulfur dioxide was added after full malolactic fermentation to preserve the wine from oxidation.

"Exhibiting red fruits, spice-box, licorice and cured meats, the 2012 Faugères Tradition checks in as a mix of 60% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 15% Syrah that was brought up in 60% stainless steel and 40% in neutral barrels. It has lots to love, with medium-bodied depth and richness, smoking purity of fruit and a gorgeous texture that carries through the finish. It too will drink nicely for at least 4-5 years."  91 points, Robert Parker

"A harmonious blend of grapes, with carignan bringing acidity and the syrah weight, to plum and cranberry."  17/20, Martin Moran MW, The Sunday Times, 12 October 2014

"Juicy strawberry, cranberries,  and something almost milk chocolate-like.  Satisfying without heaviness."  17/20, Ernie Whalley, The Sunday Times, 12 October 2014

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