St Chinian and Faugeres: panel tasting results
L’Ancienne Mercerie, Couture, Faugères 2010
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Rosemary George MW 18.5 Andrew Jefford 18.5 Simon Taylor 18.5
This is one of the newer estates of Faugères. Natalie and François Caumette, who made their first vintage in 2000, have 16 hectares around the village of Autignac and make two cuvées, Les Petites Mains and the more serious Couture, so called as François’ grandmother was the village haberdasher. The vineyards are organic, and work in the cellar is careful, with 12 months’ ageing in older oak barrels for Couture, which is a blend of Carignan and Syrah with some Grenache and a little Mourvèdre.
Rosemary George MW This wine has a lovely, deep colour with a firm, powerful nose. The palate is restrained and a bit tannic but with some youthful depth and plenty of potential.
Andrew Jefford Gruff but compelling aromas of earth and underbrush. Very dense, textured and stony-schist: a challenging but rewarding wine of great length and breadth. This wine is liquid schist! Just a little more aromatic charm would send it into the stratosphere.
Simon Taylor Appealingly refined cassis aromas. The palate is more extravagant, offering a wild gush of blackberries and spice, with an impressive grip. So expressive of the south, and very much on the way up.
Price POA Club Gascon