Thursday, November 11, 2010

2009 Tasting notes

Domaine La Sarabande
2009 Rose A.O.C. Faugeres

The 2009 Rosè was made entirely from Cinsault grapes sourced from our 'Mas de Lanus' vineyard in Autignac. The soils here are a grey/silver schist which helps to maitain the natural acidity of the wine. The Cinsault 'gobelet' vines are over thirty years old and have been planted on a gentle north eastern slope. The vineyard was minimally worked to avoid any subsoil compaction and sprayed with organic sprays to prevent mildews that are common in the district.

This is quite a delicate and fruity style of Rose. The colour is a vibrant salmon/light cherry colour and has the aromas of red cherries and a hint of strawberry. The palate is again very fruity with a strong acidity and liveliness. It finishes dry but with lingering fruits.

Domaine La Sarabande
2009 Vin de France Aramon Syrah

The 2009 Vin de Table was made from Aramon, Syrah and Carignan grapes sourced from our 'Mas de Lanus' and 'La Clavel' vineyards in Autignac. Aramon is an old variety that was widely planted in the Languedoc. Usually used as a bulk variety and therefore it produces average quality wine. Our vines are at least 35 years old and produce a tiny crop of less than 10HL/hectare. Carignan and Syrah was blended to sure up the structure and mouthfeel. The vineyard was minimally worked to avoid any subsoil compaction and sprayed with organic sprays to prevent mildews that are common in the district.

70% Aramon, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan. The wine has a deep rich ripe cherry appearance. The aromas are of dark cherries, raisins and licorice. The Aramon has provided good sweetness and acidity and has been supported by solid tannins and dark fruits. It finishes very dry but the acidity does lengthen the palate

Domaine La Sarabande
2009 A.O.C Faugères Grenache Carignan Syrah

The 2009 A.O.C. Faugères was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 15% Syrah and Mourvedre grapes sourced from our 'Mas de Lanus' and 'La Clavel' vineyards in Autignac. Our Grenache vineyard is on a north west facing slope that consists of fine grey schist. The orientation of the slope assists in ripening the fruit evenly while not baking the fruit and creating a high alcahol wine. The Carignan is sourced from 30 year old 'goblet' vines that were minimally pruned and produced less than 15HL per hectare. The Syrah and Mourvedre are from a site that was an ancient seabed and is dominated by fossilised coral. The fruit here is more rustic with firm tannins. The vineyard was minimally worked to avoid any subsoil compaction and sprayed with organic sprays to prevent mildews that are common in the district.

The wine has a deep rich ripe cherry appearance. The aromas are dominated by an elevated fruit character reminiscent of dark cherries and plums. The Carignan adds a forest floor character with wet earth and mushroom aromas. 50% of the Carignan underwent malolactic fermention in a 500L French barrique. This adds a very slight intrigue to the aroma and a strength to the palate. The palate is packed with fruit but finishes with smooth tannins and a lingering aftertaste.

Domaine La Sarabande
2009 'Les Espinasses' Syrah A.O.C. Faugeres

This beautiful vineyard is tucked away in a little valley amongst wild unkempt 'garrigue' on a south facing slope. The soil is a mixture of brown and grey schist. This means that when it rains the vineyard drains well and the water is retained in the subsoil for the hot summer months. We pruned the 30 year old vines back hard so that the vines were in balance and the fruit produced was intense and powerful. The crop level was a very low 10 HL per hectare. The fruit was very dry when it was harvested and we methodically sorted bunch by bunch in the winery to eliminate any shrivelled berries. Amazingly the fruit still held it's acidity thanks to the natural balance of the schist soils. The grapes were mostly de stemmed but about 15% of the grapes went into the fermenter with their stems. These lignified stems add a different tannin structure to the wine. The wine was naturally fermented and then matured in a 500L new oak barrel for one year. The resulting wine is a deep and dark purple beast. The nose is of ripe blackcurrants and plums with hints of licorice and anise. A lovely chary character has also complexed to add a hint of chocolate to the aroma and the front palate. The fresh fruit character of the wine lengthens the palate that finishes dry but still with a big punch of sweet fruit. The wine is unfiltered and unfined and is unashamedly made in an old fashioned and robust way. It is meant to be cellared for an extended period and only dusted off for special occasions. The wine will only improve with time and patience.
13.5% alc./vol

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