At Domaine d’Aupilhac, Syvain Fadat’s mission is to valorize the great terroirs of the Languedoc and show off the potential of its traditional grapes when planted in selected sites. He calls Carignan “a symbol of the essence of the region and its history,” and crafts this wine as a testimony to the quality Carignan can achieve with low yields from old vines in poor soils. A deep, smoky powerhouse capable of aging for decades in your cellar, this beauty will prompt you to reassess your idea of what can be done in this undervalued region.
|Appellation:||Vin de Pays de Mont Baudile|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1900|
|Soil:||Limestone, clay, scree, blue marl (with fossil deposits)|
|Aging:||Ages in barrel for 18-20 months|
Domaine d'Aupilhac France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Vin de Pays de l’Hérault
Three generations of Fadats have farmed the lieu-dit known as Aupilhac, in the village of Montpeyroux, across the river Hérault from Daumas Gassac and Grange des Pères. While the Fadats have farmed this land since the 19th century, it wasn’t until 1989 that the current member of the family, Sylvain, finally registered the domaine as a vigneron indépendant. Aupilhac sits at a high altitude, nestled below the ruins of the village’s château, at almost 1200 feet above sea level on terraced land. The soils are rich in prehistoric oyster fossils, which lend incredible length and minerality to the wines. In Sylvain’s words, “We believe that work in the vineyards has far more influence on a wine's quality than what we do in the cellar.”
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
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