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Tasting Notes for Faugeres Adagio des Terroirs - Fourrier, 2001:
Jancis Robinson's wine of the week18/2/03 : I may have written recently on purple pages recently rather selfishly complaining about the great influx of my fellow countrymen in the Languedoc, but I am all in favour of the other wave of immigrants there, from smarter wine regions in northern France. The more sophisticated winemaking influence there is in France's biggest but perhaps most unevolved wine region, the more fine wine will be produced there, I believe. So I am all in favour of the establishment of Domaine Jean-Marie Fourrier in Faugeres by this emigré from Gevrey-Chambertin. He has chosen this, one of the smallest and most distinctive of the Languedoc appellations up in the hills just east of St Chinian. It shares with the upper reaches of St Chinian a particularly high concentration of schist (like Priorat and the Douro valley) which encourages vine roots to dig deeper and deeper in search of water. Harder schist is said to suit Mourvedre and Carignan particularly well, limiting berry size, while areas with softer schist tend to encourage softer tannins and is promoted, by Fourrier at least, as especially suitable for the Grenache and Syrah that make up 80 per cent of this cuvee fairly equally between them. Roughly ten per cent each of Mourvedre and Carignan add grace notes to this sophisticated Faugeres. It does have a certain Burgundian grace about its structure - certainly no rough edges or hollow corners of the palate - but the flavours are entirely Languedoc: herbs, a certain earthiness, a sort of mountain goat version of a southern Rhone. This particular bottle could happily be drunk straight away or any time over the next two to three years.
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