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The monks of the Cistercian abbey of Sylvanas (Aveyron), founded in the XII century, built a wine cellar in the heart of the Faugérois, where a noble brew was already produced. Later Faugères, as many towns and villages in the Languedoc, had a violent history. Home of the Reformation, it bore the brunt of the Dragonnades and the destruction resulting from the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Only after the Revolution could it focus on its primary purpose, the cultivation of vine. In the nineteenth century, a brandy made its fame, distilled in an uncommon device for Languedoc, which obtained the “AOC Fine” denomination. This taste for quality craftsmanship is found in all products of the vine. In 1948, the Faugères area was delimited and in 1982, it obtained the AOC denomination for the red and rosé wines.
The pure schist soil is typical of the appellation, and the grape varieties produce low yields, ensuring quality and concentrated aromas. Located on the heights of the appellation at 250m altitude, the south facing plots enjoy very low humidity.
The major grape variety is Grenache (50 %), while Syrah with 20% and Mourvèdre with 30% bring complexity to the strength and roundness of Grenache. The Syrah grape is pruned in Cordon de Royat whereas Grenache and Carignan are Gobelet pruned.
This blend reflects the vineyard production with 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 30% Mourvèdre..
Winemaking and maturing
Traditional vinification with 3 week vatting. During vinification, the temperatures are maintained below 25°C to maximize fruit aromas. The intensity of the pump overs depend on tastings. During the whole wine making process, we do our best to limit use of wine products : Natural yeast, low level of SO2…
Tasting and food-pairing
Deep red color. Complex, tasty nose, aromas of black fruit, liquorice, coffee, soft spices. Round, full, harmonious palate.
This wine is perfect with grilled meat, meat in sauce and of course cheese.
Serving temperature: 18°C.