October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
If you’ve read our newsletter much, you have probably heard us rave about Sylvain Fadat’s Montpeyroux—certainly among the best values in our portfolio, buy it by the case, etc. All of this holds true with the 2014 vintage, but what has changed is that Sylvain has coaxed newfound elegance out of the Mourvèdre, Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault grapes that make up this cuvée. A combination of vintage effect with gentler winemaking that seeks more freshness and less brute tannin, it has yielded this lively, crunchy, medium-bodied red reminiscent of violets, herbs, and dusty stone. Enjoy it over the next five or ten years.
|Blend:||30% Mourvèdre, 30% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 5% Cinsault|
|Vineyard:||35 years, 21.5 ha total|
|Soil:||Limestone, clay, scree, blue marl (with fossil deposits)|
|Aging:||Wine ages in barrel for 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.”
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