Faugères is an AOP wine produced in the foothills of the Cévennes in the Hérault department, 20 km north of Beziers. In the early nineteenth century, the local wine was largely distilled to make a brandy produced to a Charentais method, which took the name of “Fine” or “Fine Faugères." In 1982 Faugeres received AOC status for its red and rosé wines and in 2005 for white, produced in smaller quantities. The total area covers about 2,000 hectares of mainly shale and south-facing land. The climate is Mediterranean with mountain influences. The main grape varieties planted are Carignan, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. Over 80% of production is vinified as red wine.
This is a blend of Syrah 60%, Grenache 25%, Carignan 15%. The grapes are destemmed and sorted before fermetation; the Carignan is vinified without crushing or pressing the grapes; for the Syrah, 30% of the grapes are crushed and then they are vinifed without pumping over and the Grenache is vinifed at 30 °C for one month. Malolactic fermentation occurs with the marc and the wine then ages 15 months in tank. The result is a ruby-red wine with pronounced fruit aromas, a hint of pencil shavings that give way to garrigue herbs like mint and fennel. The wine is focused with medium tannins and plenty of spice.