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Faugères Les Bastides, Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier 2006

Faugères Les Bastides, Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier 2006

This small appellation, north-east of Béziers, was granted AC status in 1982, three years before the ennoblement of its “host” appellation, AC Coteaux du Languedoc, but its viticultural potential had already been recognised by the Romans. What makes this spot special is its soil, a poor, friable schist which promotes excellent drainage, retains heat and keeps yields naturally low. This, and the compactness of the appellation has helped to define the Faugères style – meaty and voluptuous, but focused and quite elegant – as distinct from that of neighbouring Saint-Chinian, for example, or other Coteaux du Languedoc reds which spring from a mish-mash of different terroirs. Jean-Michel Alquier is one of its leading exponents. One of the first growers hereabouts to bottle under his own label, he makes a number of cuvées which we regularly list. Domaine Saint-Antonin is an inexpensive overview of the Alquier magic, ripe and lush, brimming with brambly fruit. A few more pounds will secure La Maison Jaune, a reserve bottling made from half grenache, with syrah and mourvèdre. Les Bastides is the top cuvée, a dark, rich, spicy-laden blend of low-yielding syrah (60%) and grenache (40%) from a tiny plot, aged for 18 months in oak barrels, a third of them new. A deeply satisfying wine, this needs decanting to show it at its best.

Suggested Food Match

Ribollita; Shepherd's Pie; Lamb chops; other suggestions...

Availability
In Stock
Bottle
£13.50
Case of 6
£81.00
Product Code
FC12821
Product Type
Red Wine
Origin
Languedoc and Roussillon
Style
Full Bodied
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz
Oak Influence
Pronounced oak flavour
Drink Dates
Now to 2019
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Closure Type
Cork, Natural
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"This is delightful wine to savour and cherish. I am lucky to be able to be enjoying the 1998 vintage and perhaps the benefit to age this wine is apparent if you want to enjoy the depth and complexity that is on offer. The smooth, full bodied, and fascinating flavours are a joy to experience. Thank you."

Dr Peter J Morrod (11-Oct-2013)


"Decanted for one hour. Medium colour and medium weight. Expressive nose and well balanced on the palate. Juicy, fresh, good focus and transparent. Although a completely different grape from Cru Beaujolais, this has the feel of a top quality Fleurie or Moulin a Vent, very different from the kind of wine Alquier usually produces. Not a great deal of complexity and cannot compare to the completeness of the 2001 or the robust tannic structure of the 2003, but none the worse for that. This example is just entering its drinking window and although it will be better in a year's time this is still jolly nice now and is probably slightly more approachable than the 2003 which still needs a couple of hours aeration to get it going. Very good if slightly 'simpler' than it normally is. Should drink well over the next five years."

Mr Nigel Skelsey (28-Sep-2011)

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