2017 Château des Adouzes “Le Tigre” Faugères
Blend: Carignan, Grenache & Syrah
Although it also produces white and rosé wines, Faugères is a French appellation located in Languedoc-Roussillon (southern France) that is mostly known for their ripe and fruity red wines based on Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre, with the occasional addition of Cinsault and Lladoner Pelut.
These ruby red wines typically display primary aromas of ripe red and black fruits that are usually complemented by nuances of coffee, underbrush (called garrigue), or pepper. With age, the wines may develop more robust expressions of leather or tobacco. Because of their well-structured tannins, red Faugères wines are an excellent match to red meat, game, or stews.
The secret to the Faugeres wines lies in the steep hills surrounding the sleepy village of Faugeres, high up above Beziers. The hillsides are predominantly made from schist, which provides a unique soil drainage and moisture retention. However, I also think that another reason why the Faugeres wines are so good is that the wine appellation is very small, with only 35 or so wine producers. With such a small number of vineyards, it is very difficult to hard bad wine as it will taint the reputation of the others.
Taste: Ripe raspberry and cassis complimented by the regions windswept garrigue aromas prized by southern French wine lovers. A hint of coffee and tobacco unfold as the wine opens, and peppery aromas highlight and carry onto the palate.
Pairing: Roasted or grilled meats and vegetables, asparagus, zucchini, bell peppers, and tomato-based dishes including but not limited to spaghetti bolognese and pizza.