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The Flavorful 2011 Domaine Léon Barral, Faugères


This bottle of 2011 Domain Léon Barral, Faugères represents the fourth vintage I have tasted from the estate since the 2010s were skipped in Washington, DC .  The regular Faugeres from Domaine Léon Barral continues to be my favorite amongst the three red wines.  The 2011 vintage is a strong follow up to the 2009 vintage.  It does, however, offer up some Pilsner notes both on the nose and in the mouth.  I found this slightly distracting but was still charmed by the flavors.  I do get the sense that it could use more time in the cellar so buy at least two bottles, one for now and one for later.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Domaine Léon Barral, Faugères – $32
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 fruit is fermented in cement cuves with indigenous yeasts, aged for two years in a combination of cement and stainless steel then bottled without sulphur.  Alcohol 14%.  There were some high-toned red fruit aromas that were ripe with a note of Pilsner.  In the mouth were ripe red fruit flavors, along with some cranberry, that had a hint of roundness before blacker, not quite earthy, fruit came out.  There was good focus to the fruit.  The ripeness built in the mouth with flavors that stuck to the gums.  It left flavors of dried spices in the aftertaste and cinnamon on the back of the through.  There was a Pilsner flavor with air.  *** Now-2022.

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  1. November 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm

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