Domaine Les Serrals - "Cote a Cote" Faugeres AOC 2017 750ml (13.5% ABV)
Old vine (50+ years) Syrah and Carignan from two small neighboring plots (hence the name which translates to "side by side"). Vinified separately and then matured nearly two years in combination of steel and neutral oak. Viticulture is Certified Organic & Bio-Dynamic.
A serious, brooding red with lots of cracked black pepper notes followed by a powerful and lengthy finish. Crunchy purple fruits, spicy and dry a bit funky. Grippy tannins call out for grilled meat. Faugeres is an under the radar appellation within the Languedoc.
from the importer:
"Chloé and Fred met when Fred had what he called "a boring job" in the petroleum industry and Chloé and left her career working for various non-profits, having fallen in love with wine working for an importer in London. He managed to charm Chloé by taking her to a bunch of "old people's" restaurants in Paris as he was a true fan of white tablecloth establishments and old-school fine dining. Over the next few years of searching for the perfect place to settle down with their two young children, they ultimately decided to dive in head-first and established Domaine Les Serrals in Faugères after finding the perfect plot of 6.4 hectares of vines in 2016.
The vineyard plots are all next to one another, making the domaine a virtual "Clos" with vines aging from 20 to 80 years old. Everything is planted in the "Gobelet" method; the soils are schist-based with sandstone and limestone.At first they were renting a cellar and they are now building their own facility right next to the vineyard, underground in the schist to help maintain constant temperature year round. As they are new to winemaking, Chloe and Fred love to experiment. There are not many rules set in stone at the moment, it's more of a loose set of techniques and vessels at their disposal with which they try to achieve their desired outcomes. This leads to a variety of wines which tend to vary from vintage to vintage depending on conditions. Some are "vins de Bouchon Lyonnais", as they call them; some are white wines made out of red grapes; some are more textured wines - there isn't anything they won't try. At the moment everything is fermented and aged mainly in stainless steel with a few barriques and demi-muid for élevage. Going forward the main focus will be shifting to the use of various cement tanks."