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||In Stock (77)|
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.
Leaving her native Bordeaux and the employ of Jean-Luc Thunevin, Brigitte Chevalier acquired a group of vineyards in a remote part of Faugères centered around a ziggurat-shaped hill at an elevation of 320m above sea level. This location affords a range of exposures from north-facing, to full southern exposure. Underneath these sites is the classic soil of Faugères – schist. Soil, exposure and climate, combine to allow Brigitte to makes wines that suit her palate, what she calls, “Vin du Nord in the South.”Brigitte is meticulous in her farming and winemaking. Her vineyards are certified organic and everything is harvested by hand and transported in small bins. Brigitte prefers native yeast, and whole cluster fermentations as well as aging in tank. All wines are balanced, rich and soft, with abundant fruit and spiciness, complex structures, fine tannins and hints that they will continue to evolve over a number of years. In choosing a name for her Domaine, Brigitte took as inspiration an ancient goddess of the celtic tribes of the region, Cébenna, mentioned by Julius Cesar in the first century BC.