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2013 Faugères “Valinière”

Domaine Léon Barral

2013 Faugères “Valinière” Domaine Léon Barral - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Valinière is the Mourvèdre-based cuvée chez Barral, with an added touch of Syrah from a northern-exposed vineyard. Dark, inky, and powerful, it is the longest lived of Barral’s magical cuvées.

Dixon Brooke

$72.00
Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah
Appellation: Faugères
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine Léon Barral
Winemaker: Didier Barral
Vineyard: 15 to 30 years, 4.3 ha
Soil: Schist
Aging: Aged for 24 to 26 months in barrel (10% new oak)
Farming: Biodynamic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14%

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About Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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