An harmonious, frech but complete with the complexity of it's four grapes varieties. The softness of shist terroir and the long lengh ranke this wine among the best and became a reference within Faugères appellation.
The 2012 Faugères Les Bancèls is similar in style to the 2010, with a rounded, supple and sexy style that stays fresh and highly drinkable. Made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre (with a splash of Carignan), with each variety vinified separately in stainless steel tanks, it’s medium to full-bodied, has a full, rich mid-palate and lots of sweet fruit on both the nose and palate. As with the 2010, there’s an upfront feel here, yet I suspect it will evolve nicely on it balance for at least 4-5 years.
|Winery||Domaine de Cebene|
|Varietal(s)||Syrah 70%, Grenache 30%|
|Inventory||Very Low Stock (22)|
A balanced, ripe, soft and lovely wine, with abundant fruit (black cherry, blueberry and cassis bouquet), spiciness (white pepper and garrigue herbs and plants), mineral typicity, complex structure, rich tannins are hints that Les Bancèls will continue to evolve over a number of years.
Les Bancèls pairs with grilled red meats, game, mushroom risotto
100 % schist (slate) on the upper northern hills of the Faugères appellation, one of the older and most qualitative terroirs in the wine world. The north orientation of the vines ensures that the sugar maturation in the grapes does not precede the development of the phenolic compounds. 40 km from the Mediterranean, at 320 metres altitude.
Very low yields (20 hl/ha). Selective picking in the vineyard and at the winery. Each section within a parcel is harvested at different times and vinified separately. Manual harvest in small cagettes.
Optimal grape ripeness, careful vinification and organic farming. The grapes gently fall into the small stainless steel vats of our authentic winery. Soft pigeages, temperature control. No oak. We use the grape press of the old cellar, built in the early 1900’s.
Brigitte Chevalier came to Faugères to make wine in her own, highly individual way. In a short space of time, her organically farmed estate of 11 hectares has established itself as a leader within its chosen appellation and a highly rated name within South of France winemaking circles.
She hunted down and bought the parcels that met her objectives, choosing them on the basis of the quality of their terroir and their grape varieties, their exposure (north-facing, for balanced wines) and altitude (300 metres, in the foothills of the Massif Central), in Faugères, in the heart of the Haut-Languedoc Parc Naturel.
She wants to capture the style and delicate flavor of cooler-appellation wines in the Languedoc. Domaine de Bénène terroirs, combined with deep-rooted vines, very low yields, grapes hand-picked at optimum ripeness and careful vinification give Brigitte’s organic wines a unique profile.
Domaine Cébène‘s name refers to the Languedoc goddess who inspired the area’s name Cévènnes.