Château Faugères

Domaine Léon Barral

Faugères Carignan Blend 2017

For one of my all time favorite wines, this was a bit disappointing. What has previously smelled like garrigue and lavender, this time around smelled a bit too much of brett for my taste — 8 months ago

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Domaine de Cebene

Felgaria Faugères 2013

Soooo much potential. Way too young and a little bit numb at the moment but hints of those complex old mouvèdre scents are just starting to develop. Not her greatest year but still far from its peak. Keep for at least another 10-12 years before opening. Glad I have quite a few cases of this in hibernation. — 4 years ago

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Château Grézan

Les Schistes Doré Faugères 2016

This is perhaps a little closed right now. Syrah-dominant with a fair bit of oak-treatment so will need a little while to blossom. Although it had the mellow character of an early-drinking wine, the winemaker told me that it needs 15 years to show its best. In fact, when I told him the 2006 I opened the other week seemed a little closed he told me to forget about it for another 10 years. Clearly one for the long-haul. — 4 years ago

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Domaine Ollier Taillefer

Faugères 2014

A top notch local. Woody, earthy, cassis followed by a long woody finish — 4 years ago

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Mas Olivier

Grande Réserve Faugères 2017

Rachel and Gabrielle - La Rondinerie — 4 years ago

Domaine Ollier Taillefer

Allegro Faugères Roussanne Vermentino 2017

Always one of the top Faugères whites. 50/50 Rousanne and Rolle (Vermentino). The latter still dominates the nose and it will take a few more years until it achieves balance and complexity. Still, the quince, lime, and melon you get on the nose are attractive and it’s long and interesting on the palate. One to check back up on in 3-5 years or more. — 4 years ago

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Mas d'Alezon

Faugères Montfalette Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre 2013

Funky minerally natural wine, well balanced acidity and tannin, long hazelnutty finish. Thanksgiving cat-sitting. — 5 years ago

Château des Peyregrandes

Faugères Red Blend 2013

Sol schisteux, calcaire, roche emmagasine la chaleur, 25ho litre/hectare. Vendange manuelle grain par grain. 15€. Vinification en cuve béton. Gras/l'alarme/densité. Odeur Sous bois, faugiere, champignon, café. Vin structuré. Des tannins. Opulence en bouche. Livre cannelle en bouche. Puissance !!! Épicé. Viande rouge en sauce. Lapin/civé en sauce. Vin Équilibré. Vin atypique. Pas pour tout le monde. — 4 years ago

Domaine Ollier Taillefer

Castel Fossibus Faugères Mourvedre Blend 2014

The notes below are all from the Grand Fete de Saint-Jean in Faugeres (well, this year it was in Laurens, which was a bit of a shame as Faugères itself is a stunning place with a great atmosphere). My general impression was that this appellation is going from strength to strength - it will be interesting to see where it will be in 10 years’ time. The wines were all generally of a very high level (the best from the producers that attended are listed below); from the most traditional bottlings to the more modern efforts (though even the most modern is by no means an ‘international’ wine). I’ve been coming here for more than a decade and the wines were very good back then as well. However, now there is clearly more of a sense of pride in the terroir and finely tuned craftsmanship across the board. There are a few older producers that have always made stunning wines but joining their ranks recently are a bunch of young winemakers who have discovered the untapped potential of the region. Definitely an AOP to watch out for!

Slightly disappointed that they didn’t bring out the current vintage of Fossibus but can understand why, as the oak tends to dominate for a few years. This is in a better place right now; the oak is more integrated and, although I preferred the GR (below) for current drinking, this will probably be in a better place in 10-12 years’ time.
— 4 years ago

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Lauge Jean & Fils

Mas des Capitelles Vieilles Vignes Faugères Red Blend 2015

From Union Market. Very nice, good price point. — 5 years ago

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