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The Brilliant 2009 Didier Barral, Faugeres

The first wine I drank from Domaine Leon Barral is the 2007 Cuvee Valiniere.  Though I have had a few different bottles afterwards it has remained the most impressive wine I have drunk from the estate.  Didier Barral produces three red wines: Faugeres, Faugeres Jadis, and Faugeres Valiniere.   I recently picked up the least expensive 2009 Faugeres.  Simply put, this is the most exciting red wine I have recently drunk in this price point.

Upon first tasting this wine I emailed Phil stating “Oh My! 2009 Leon Barral, Faugeres rocks!!! And I just opened it.”  Phil tried a bottle a few days later.  He reacted, “It tastes like a f*cked up mix of Morgon and CDP!  Great stuff.”  This wine drinks beautifully with just a little bit of air so it is hard to resist.  Jenn and I loved our bottle so much we finished it in one night.  Normally we taste over two nights.  I highly recommend you try it as soon as possible.  This got me so excited that I will figure out a way to taste the two more expensive cuvees.  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2009 Domaine Leon Barral, Faugeres – $30
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Grenache, and 20% Cinsault sourced from 40-70 year old vines on soils of schist.  The wine is fermented in cement cuves using  indigenous yeasts, macerated in an old wooden vat then aged for two years in cement and stainless steel cuves.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose is light to medium in strength with complex and engaging aromas of berries and minerals.  In the mouth this medium bodied wine has ripe strawberry, cherry, along with other red and blue fruits which follow the nose.  There are powdery sweet spices which are very expansive and lifted.  There are plenty of ripe tannins which coat the lips and cheeks.  The aftertaste leaves soft and earthy flavors in the mouth.  With air a ripe, black-cherry note comes out.   **** Now-2020.


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  1. February 6, 2014 at 11:29 am

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