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Imposing Faugères

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Faugères 2009, Intemporelle, Les Fusionels ($31.75, 11933711)
A relatively new estate – the first vintage was 2007 – owned by a young, binational couple (she’s from Champagne, he’s from Adelaide). The cuvée is called InTempus in later vintages. A blend of Syrah (46%), Carignan (26%), Mourvèdre (15%) and Grenache (14%) according to La Presse (the estate’s website provides technical information only for the 2007 and 2008). Manually harvested and fully destemmed. Each parcel is vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration in temperature-controlled tanks and with daily punch-downs lasts 20 to 25 days. Matured 12 months in oak Burgundy barrels, 18% new and the remainder second or third fill. 14.5% ABV.
Deep, powerful nose: turned earth, stones, red and black fruit, garrigue, bacon and animale notes, licorice overtones, a whiff of alcohol. Full-bodied, very dry and quite structured for a Languedoc red, with firm tannins and glowing acidity clad in dense, unjammy fruit.  Long, minerally and astringent, the finish carries a suggestion of bitter chocolate and sour cherry. A savoury, chewy, heady wine reminiscent of a Priorat. Although never fully losing its austere side, it rounded and sweetened with time in the carafe. Best with food (think red meat), which softens the tannins and brings out the cassis-like fruit. (Buy again? If in the mood for an imposing red, sure.)

Edited May 9, 2014

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Written by carswell

May 7, 2014 at 16:47

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  1. Cab in ur VdP? Maybe. In Faugères… eternally never! Release the AOC hounds.

    Dolcettoman

    May 7, 2014 at 17:08

    • Good catch.

      Just checked a Faugères AOC cahier des charges (Dec. 2011) and Cabernet isn’t a permitted variety. Dunno if the regulations have been updated since.

      Fortunately, I’d not recycled the bottle. It lists the wine as Faugères AOP (appellation d’origine protégée), which I understand as being the EU equivalent of France’s AOC, though whether it’s the exact equivalent in terms of wine production is beyond my kin. More to the point is the back label’s blurb, which I’d totally ignored and which includes the following: “Assemblage de Syrah, Grenache, Carignan et Mourvèdre,” i.e. no Cabernet Sauvignon. So we may not be talking about a Faux-gères, as some Tweeters have recently rumoured, but rather a screw-up by the beloved monopoly.

      The funny thing is, driven by the discrepancy between SAQ.com, La Presse and the estate’s website (which lists the 2008 as being Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Grenache and the 2007 as being an equal-proportioned GSM), I spent close to an hour trying to track down this information before posting: there’s not much mention of the 2009 on the Web and the local agent, Les vins du Trainon, doesn’t have a website. I suppose the only way to know for sure is to contact the estate, which I will try to do forthwith. TBC.

      carswell

      May 7, 2014 at 17:52

    • My inquiry to the estate elicited a response. SAQ.com is wrong: the wine contains no Caberrnet Sauvignon. It also appears the wine is now called InTempus, not Intemporelle. Tasting note has been updated accordingly.

      carswell

      May 9, 2014 at 11:49


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