The wines of Faugères

The wines of Faugères

By: Rosemary George

Publication date: August 2016
ISBN-13 (print): 9781908984821
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902400

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The wines of Faugères is a comprehensive guide to the wines of a small, distinct region of Languedoc, France. It covers the history, geography and climate of the region, as well as its grape varieties and viticulture, before profiling the individual producers and their wines, and contains an indispensable assessment of vintages going back to 1982.

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Faugères is one of the most individual appellations of the Languedoc. Although it produces white and rosé wines the appellation is most famous for its rich, ripe red wines made from the classic Rhone varieties Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. The Faugères wine appellation was created in 1982 and is now producing consistently excellent wines, the secret being in the steep hills surrounding the village of Faugères where the schist, or decayed slate, provides unique soil drainage and moisture retention and introduces distinctive minerality into the wine. The Mediterranean climate of long, hot summers and short cold winters is tempered by Faugères’ proximity to the coast, which produces distinctive and elegant wines.

Faugères is a compact vineyard compared to many of the other appellations of the Languedoc, but the variety is infinite, prompted by the human hand and the perceptible differences between the different villages. The white wine, which accounts for just 2% of the appellation, is a perfect example of the way the white wines of the Languedoc are developing and improving with every vintage, their wonderful herbal flavors conjuring up the scents of the herbs of the garrigue, fennel, bay and thyme. Pink Faugères, which accounts for 18% of the appellation, provides delicious refreshing drinking with acidity and delicate fruit. The wines of Faugères always have a distinctive freshness which places them among the finest of the Languedoc.

Rosemary George’s The wines of Faugères is a comprehensive guide to the wines of a remarkably compact and homogeneous area which covers just seven villages and a couple of hamlets. The wines of Faugères covers the history, geography and climate of the region, as well as its grape varieties and viticulture, before profiling the individual producers and their wines. It ends with an indispensable assessment of vintages going back to the creation of the appellation in 1982.

Faugères’ wines, currently little known outside of France, are set to become the next global wine discovery, and Rosemary George’s The wines of Faugères is the most up-to-date and authoritative guide to this beautiful region and its fascinating wines.

Pages: 272
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas Ltd
Edition: 1
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Rosemary George

Rosemary George spent nine years in the wine trade with The Wine Society, Louis Eschenauer (Bordeaux), H Sichel & Sons, Findlater Matta and Les Amis du Vin. In 1979 she became one of the first women to qualify as a Master of Wine. She has written twelve books, covering the Languedoc, Chablis, Tuscany and New Zealand. A former Chairperson and now a Vice-President of the Circle of Wine Writers, she is a contributor to various magazines including Decanter, zesterdaily.com and Sommelier India.

Review of The wines of Faugeres

"Few outsiders know the Languedoc wines as well as Rosemary George MW. She has written a ground breaking book on the wines of the south of France and spends a good part of the year there. Here she gives you her insider’s take on some of the new producers in the region."
--BKWine Magazine