L'hirondelle De Faugeres

Arnot-Roberts

Sonoma Coast Syrah 2016

Vacqueyras and Faugeres fans: pay attention. — a month ago

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Colline de L'Hirondelle

La Joupatière Carignan blend 2012

This is not the Carignan blend, but I can’t seem to edit the descriptor. This is the 2012 La Joupatiere and it is one of the most unique and interesting wines. Thank you Colline de l’hirondelle. As their website explains, “The oldest vineyard in the village! Planted at the end of the 19th century, it miraculously escaped phylloxera and the uprooting of old vines that has plagued the Languedoc; this tiny one-acre plot is a conservatory of rare and disappearing varieties. A local vine scientist has identified the following 13 varieties: Carignan noir, Grenache noir, Cinsault noir, Mourrastel Boucher noir, Rivairenc noir, Grand Noir de la Calmette, Mourvèdre noir, Terret noir, Terret gris, Terret blanc, Olivette blanche, Chasselas doré, Valencin rose and two mysterious varieties are still unidentified.” What a blend. — 2 years ago

Gary Thompson
with Gary

Domaine Léon Barral

Faugères Carignan Blend 2005

Tis the season for soul warming Languedoc reds. This was the basic faugeres, carignane/Grenache/cinsault blend. Soft and mellow, black cherry fruit has maybe dried out a little, slightly brown even, but still there, plus olives, herbs, some subtle brett. Is it more fun than a Barral of monkeys? Not quite but a nice drink — 6 months ago

Tom, Severn and 11 others liked this

Peira Levada/Alex Durand

The Velvet Underschiste Grenache Blend

This was the red made from Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre in Faugeres. This is a collab from Alex Durand. Wildly delicious wine. — 2 years ago

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Ronco del Gnemiz

Rosso di Jacopo Merlot Blend 2015

A fine imitation of top-notch St Emilion; think Faugeres or Haut-Rocher. Raspberry, cocoa powder, wrapper leaf. Long on the palate. Very reasonably priced, given the quality. #friuli — 3 years ago

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Colline de L'Hirondelle

Vin de France Carignan

Deep garnet color. Not very tannic. Bright with red fruit and spices. Paired really nicely with a lentil stew that had both cinnamon and lemon. — 3 years ago

Château Haut-Faugeres

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Soft tannin. Nice finish. Light acid and alcohol to start followed with tannin. Nice balance. Earthy, jammy, some slight smokiness. Quite nice. — 7 months ago

Mas Lou

Angaco Faugeres Carignan centenaire Lledoner Pelut 2018

2018, Mas Lou, Angaco,
Faugeres, Carignan centenaire, Lledoner Pelut. corsé, puissant
— a year 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.
— 3 years ago

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