Calmel + Joseph Faugeres 2012

faugeres2-360x1335Grape Variety: Syrah 50%, Grenache 40%, Carignan 10%
Region: AOP Faugeres, Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France
Vintage: 2012
ABV: 14%

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The informative bit; The Faugeres appellation consists of 2000 hectares of vineyards located in the mountainous terrain of the Cevennes, to the north of Beziers in southern France. The grapes for this particular wine are hand picked and each of the grape harvests, fermented separately before blending and aged in concrete tanks for 14 months. A similar blend of grape varieties to the Saint Chinian but a wine VERY different in character.

Tasting notes; A wine of wild allure and rustic charm, typical of the Faugeres area. Lots of eucalyptus, spice and fruity ripe plums, then a prominent hit of savoury tannins. Not for the faint hearted.

Drinking hints and tips: Open an hour or so before drinking at room temperature.

Enjoy me with: Minted Lamb chops or Spaghetti Bolognaise

Independent Review and Wine Critic score: 16.5/20; Sweet ripe fruit on the nose, violets and a hint of menthol. Really ripe and juicy and succulent fruit. Cherry cough sweets. Then absolutely pounding massive tannins. Delicious, but those tannins…! Wonderful character. It just needs some seriously chewy food to go with it.

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