Home > Buy Wine

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

Steak and Kidney Pie; Lancashire Hotpot; Bean and Vegetable Chilli; other suggestions...

Domaine Alquier

View all products by Domaine Alquier

This is one of the historic properties in Faugères and one of the first to bottle its own wine. Alquier was also among the first to plant syrah in a big way and it is this grape variety that forms the major part in blends.

At the death of the father, the estate eventually split in two. The Society follows Jean-Michel and his wife Véronique who, over the least twenty years, have worked tirelessly to create one of the very best estates in the Languedoc. Show More...
In Stock
Case of 6
Product Code
Product Type
Red Wine
Languedoc and Roussillon
Full Bodied
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz
Oak Influence
Pronounced oak flavour
Drink Dates
Now to 2019
Alcohol Level
Closure Type
Cork, Natural
View Wine Notes (PDF) >

If you like this, these are worth trying...

Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz, 2009

A rich, brooding and scented red with plummy, peppery flavours and chunky, dense palate. A small amount of viognier (3%) was more »

£13.95 per bottle (£83.50 per case of 6)

Add to Wish List

Coyam 2010

A generous brew of syrah, carmenère, merlot, petit verdot and mourvèdre aged in barrel for 13 months. Made from organically grown more »

£14.95 per bottle (£179.00 per case of 12)

Add to Wish List

"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)