A new Faugeres
The 2014 Domaine Frederic Brouca, Champs Pentus, Faugeres is not only a new wine for me but also for the market. Frederic and Elaine, his wife, only purchased their 25 acres of vines in 2012 with the first vintage in 2013. Press sheets state that the wines are produced using Burgundian philosophy with minimal use of sulphur. The fruit for this wine comes from vines planted on metamorphic and schist soils. The soils and winemaking seem to come through. What the wine clearly conveys is a sense of stone-laden soils. The low-sulphur lends some yeasty aromas and the early harvested fruit results in a fresher, less weighty wine. This is a tasty wine of personality at an attractive price. It opened up with air but I was left with the impression it was still tight. You might want to wait until the new year before drinking a bottle. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2014 Domaine Frederic Brouca, Champs Pentus, Faugeres – $17
Imported by Elite Wines. This wine is a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 30% Mouvredge which was fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for 10 months in stainless steel. It was raised with minimal sulphur. Alcohol 13%. This is a minerally wine with a little bit of yeasty perfume. In the mouth, the powdery flavors are driven by acidity with lifted, dry fruit, cinnamon spices, chocolate, and minerals. *** 2017-2020.