Faugères: Château des Estanilles 'Le Clos du Fou' Rouge 2015

"Coming from a single parcel of Syrah that will see two years in demi-muids and Bordeaux barrels, the 2015 Faugères Clos du Fou has awesome notes of ripe black fruits, crushed rocks, baking spices and hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, concentrated and layered, with an inherent elegance that's present in all the wines from this estate, it should drink nicely in its youth, yet keep for a decade." 93-95/100.
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate.

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Tasting Notes
This 'Clos du Fou' Faugères red differs from Julien's mid-weight 'Impertinent' blend that we regularly offer as it comes from the domaine's top parcel of south-facing Syrah vines. It has the peppery 'crunch' and tannic grip one would expect of young Syrah, with added notes of liquorice and coffee. Considering that only 200 cases are produced, this is world class wine at a very competitive price.
About this wine
Style Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Languedoc, Faugères
Grape Variety (Cépage) Grenache, Syrah
Organic Organic
Vintage 2015
Cellarage Drinks well from release but will keep for a decade.
Vinification Made from 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache, harvested manually.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 14.5

Julien Seydoux - Château des Estanilles

Former stock-broker Julien Seydoux bought the highly-regarded 35 hectare Château des Estanilles in 2009 from pioneering veteran Michel Louison, who had done much to establish Faugères’ reputation as serious wine country since moving to the region in 1976. Julien is a man with a mission (and one senses the requisite funding) to produce the best wines that he possibly can from the sun-kissed, iron-rich soil surrounding the commune of Lenthéric, 20 kilometres north of Béziers. Julien has plenty of ideas about what should be done here and he is fast setting about putting them into action. His cellar hygiene is scrupulous (as he is keen to avoid problems with brettanomyces), he is deploying minimal sulphites (25-30milligrams per litre), introducing organic composts, pruning more selectively, rigorously rejecting any substandard fruit and investing in larger, new oak demi-muids and vats. Already ‘under conversion’, from the 2010 vintage onwards all of the Château des Estanilles wines will be certified as organic.

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