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Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Rouge, Les Leonides, 2017

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Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, unoaked. This always exhibits a lovely, lifted perfume derived from the schist soils: scents of raspberries and violets. Lively and juicy, with blackberry and blackcurrant flavours and a long finish. There's definitely more concentration in this wine than previous vintages, without compromising its local character. Now-2022

Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Rouge, Les Leonides, 2015

Product Code: MET117

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Medium Bodied

Rated 3 out of 5
Light > Full
  • Origin: France
  • Region: Languedoc
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Colour: Red
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 13%
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English owners Paul Jarman and Paul Jenkins are beginning to make their mark here, on this estate previously overseen by Geneviève and Guy Coste-Libes. There’s more focus on the organically farmed vines, with trials of bio-dynamics; and very smart new labels.

The domaine, in the village of Cabrerolles in the north of the Faugères appellation, is named after the huge crater of a meteor which punctures the vineyards; and all of the wines are named after meteor showers. Two local factors mark all the wines: first all the family’s 23 hectares of vines are on schistous soils - and that gives the wines a particular high-toned scent and exciting minerality; and second, the vineyards go up to 350 metres in altitude, and that, combined with cool downdrafts from the plateau to the north, brings freshness to their wines. Syrah in particular benefits from this terroir.

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