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2019 Faugères “Valinière”

Domaine Leon Barral
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Mourvèdre is the starring grape in this show, a deep, dark, brooding, muscular wine that channels the greats of Bandol, along with notes of violet and white pepper that recall Hermitage, thanks to the northern-facing Syrah vineyard that contributes its fruit to this cuvée. Buy and age this one as you would a wine from Tempier or Clape.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah
Appellation: Faugères
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine Leon 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 The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

map of 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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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

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