When Sylvain Fadat planted the Cocalières parcel—an onerous process that required three years, loads of dynamite, and unthinkable physical exertion—he envisioned a wine endowed with freshness and elegance, traits so dearly valued in a hot southern climate. Today his vision for this high-altitude, north-facing wonder-vineyard has come to fruition. You’ll find suggestions of rich black fruit and cool stone in this complex, ageable red. Delicate yet profound, the 2013 delivers an extraordinarily refined expression of this truly stunning terroir. –Anthony Lynch
|Blend:||40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre|
|Aging:||Ages in cuves and barrels for 15 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.”
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