Grape(s): Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
Localization: Rhone Valley, France
Tasting Notes: Le Fauquet casts an opaque black-plum robe and fills the room with textbook Gigondas scents of black raspberries, black licorice, lavender-inflected garrigue, bay leaf, and hickory smoke. Fleshy and generous on the palate, the wine tightens mid-palate to reveal plentiful fine tannins that frame and buttress the wine’s chewy kernel of blackberry and plum fruit.
Food Pairing: This will make a lovely foil for leg of lamb, burgers, grilled eggplant, mushroom ragouts, and hearty stews.
The Domain: It is at the place called Petit Montmirail in the south / south-west of the limestone massif of Dentelles de Montmirail that the thirty-year-old vines of Fauquet stand tall. They produce a wine combining fruity delicacy and aromatic richness.