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Faugeres Jadis Didier Barral 2014

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One Line Description Faugeres Jadis Didier Barral, biodynamic, rich, elegant, minerally, taught.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Languedoc, France
Producer Leon Barral
Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend Carignan (50%), Syrah (40%) and Grenache
Alcohol 13.5% abv
Ageing Potential Decades


Faugeres Jadis Didier Barral, biodynamic, rich, elegant, minerally, taught. The colour of the Cuvee Jadis delights being blackish-purple, almost opaque. Ripe plum and black-cherry scents dominate a fruit-forward aroma, but there’s plenty of earth to please the truffle-hounds. Leather and pleasant barnyard notes add complexity. Full-bodied, juicy and tart flavours, fresh black fruit and a hint of dark chocolate, nicely structured by crisp acidity; smooth tannins emerge as a cleansing astringency in a long finish, with a distinct whiff of fresh herbs and earthy grace notes that mirror the nose.

Didier Barral has 25-hectares of biodynamically-farmed vineyards on slightly acid schist soils in which a little of everything grows. Everything starts from the soil which must be made as healthy as possible. “Nowadays, farmers feed the planet but destroy it at the same time. Sometimes they think they are doing the right thing by ploughing too often for example, which eventually damages the soil structure. We have to observe nature and to understand how micro-organisms operate. Then we see that tools and machinery can never replace the natural, gentle work of earthworms, insects and other creatures that travel through a maze of tunnels, creating porosity and aerating the soil, making it permeable and alive. There’s grass in our vineyards and amongst the grass, there are cows and horses: a whole living world that lives together, each dependent on the other and each being vital to the balance of the biotope.” The words of Didier Barral, one of the leading lights of Biodynamic production. His wines are beautiful and age for a long time although very little sulphur is used.

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