Domaine Leon Barral Faugeres shiraz red wine from France Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

Domaine Leon Barral
Natural wine

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

The Domaine Leon Barral Faugeres wine is a dark, brooding shiraz-based red with lots of 'cigar box', leather and earthy aromas. However the tannins are fine and there is a long, long finish, making this a wine of considerable interest.
The sloping vineyard is situated on the schist soils that stretch from behind the town of Beziers into the lower slopes of the Cevennes near to the hameau of Lentheric. The gnarled vines are managed biodynamically by Didier Barral who is following the tradition established by his grandfather of never damaging the soil through the use of chemicals. The shiraz is combined with Carignan and Grenache.
We first came across this complex beauty at the wonderful Michel Bras restaurant.
You can read about the Faugeres appellation in the book below.
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