St Chinian and Faugeres: panel tasting results

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Fewer than 60% of wines were recommended, with the tasting somewhat of a 'quality minefield', but we shouldn't lose sight of the incredible value these areas can offer, said out panel. See the top rated St Chinian and Faugeres wines, as published in the Decanter July 2013 issue, here...
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St Chinian and Faugeres, Vivian Roussignol Les Païssels Saint Chinian 2011
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Vivien Roussignol, Les Païssels, St-Chinian 2011

Vivien Roussignol, Les Païssels, St-Chinian 2011
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Rosemary George MW 18.5 Andrew Jefford 18.5 Simon Taylor 18.5
Vivien Roussignol made his first wine in St-Chinian in 2011. He and girlfriend Marie studied oenology at Montpellier and worked vintages in California and Australia, and then at other Languedoc estates. Roussignol’s parents, members of the St-Chinian co-op, gave them a hectare of old vines; Païssels is a blend of equal parts Syrah and Carignan, with some Mourvèdre and Grenache. The terroir is schist.
Rosemary George MW Ripe, red fruits with lots of spice on the nose and a lovely reminder of the garrigue. The palate has a great grip, but the tannins are supple. This wine is Midi sunshine in a glass.
Andrew Jefford Aromatically light, sweet and cherryish; great lifted charm with a floral touch. On the palate, very ripe, almost Porty, but excellent depth, texture and old-vine authority. Lots of perfume on the aftertaste, too. Impressive.
Simon Taylor This is very rich with a lush oak overlay. There are plenty of concentrated fruits here, which are layered, and behind all that there is a suggestion of mint. Youthful and dramatic.
Price £13.80 Pierre Hourlier
Drink 2013–2016
Alc 14.5%