Faugères: Château Estanilles 'Clos du Fou' Rouge 2016
The 'Clos du Fou' Faugères red differs from Julien's mid-weight 'Vallongue' blend that we regularly offer as it comes from the domaine's top parcel of south-facing Syrah vines. Certified organic, it has wild herb and dark fruit aromas, and a rich, complex palate of garrigue berries supported by rugged tannins.
Considering that only 200 cases are produced, this red is world class wine at a very competitive price. It has the peppery 'crunch' and tannic grip one would expect of young Syrah, with added notes of liquorice and coffee.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Languedoc, Faugères|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache, Syrah|
|Cellarage||Drinks well from release but will keep for a decade.|
|Vinification||Made from 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache, harvested manually.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Julien Seydoux - Château des Estanilles
Former stock-broker Julien Seydoux bought the highly-regarded 35 hectare Château des Estanilles in 2009 from pioneering veteran Michel Louison, who had done much to establish Faugères' reputation as serious wine country since moving to the region in 1976. Julien is a man with a mission (and one senses the requisite funding) to produce the best wines that he possibly can from the sun-kissed, iron-rich soil surrounding the commune of Lenthéric, 20 kilometres north of Béziers. Julien has plenty of ideas about what should be done here and he is fast setting about putting them into action. His cellar hygiene is scrupulous (as he is keen to avoid problems with brettanomyces), he is deploying minimal sulphites (25-30milligrams per litre), introducing organic composts, pruning more selectively, rigorously rejecting any substandard fruit and investing in larger, new oak demi-muids and vats. From the 2010 vintage onwards, all of the Château des Estanilles wines have been certified as organic.
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