Faugeres, Clos Fantine, Faugeres, France 2017
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Biodynamic/organic principles – family owned – rugged vineyard
Despite not holding an official certificate to indicate that their estate is organic or biodynamic, the Andrieu family conduct all operations at Clos Fantine with a great respect for nature. The estate, located in the appellation of Faugeres, is currently managed by two sisters and a brother, is famously relatively untamed, a deliberate decision from the family who believe that vines should be allowed to grow like any other local plant, in a state that verges on the wild. This approach gives their wines a most pure, natural flavour; their rustic, meaty reds acting as a true representation of their rugged land.
This funky, earthy Faugeres is made from Carignan, Mourvedre and Cinsault. It has complex nose with layer after layer waiting to be discovered. There are redcurrant notes with hints of smoke, earth and Provencal herbs. Minimal sulpur has been used in the production of this wine, giving it a rustic, country feel