Les Rabasses 2013
Also outstanding, yet more medium-bodied and upfront, with a touch more acidity, the 2013 Faugeres Les Rabasses comes from a single hillside in Faugères and is comprised of 50% Syrah, 35% Mourvèdre and the balance Grenache. It was aged 60% in barrels. Crushed flowers and juicy berry fruits are the name of the game here, and it finishes with good purity and length. It’s already enjoyable, yet I suspect will evolve nicely through 2023.
Vieilles Vignes 2013
Jeb Dunnuck Rating: 88 Drink Date 2016 – 2023 28th Apr 2016 224, The Wine Advocate
I found a touch too much acidity in the Carignan-dominated 2013 Faugeres Vieilles Vignes, yet it still offers terrific purity and freshness in its violets, minerality and juicy Carignan fruit. Fresh, focused and streamlined, it lacks the volume and expansiveness of a top vintage, yet will drink well for 4-5 years.
Jeb Dunnuck Rating: 92 Drink Date 2016 – 2023 28th Apr 2016 224, The Wine Advocate
Only produced in top years, the 2013 Faugères Espinasses is a pretty, elegant and beautifully fresh Faugères that does everything right. Made from 90% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, aged 16 months in once used barrels, its healthy purple color is followed by classic notes of plums, liquid rocks, violets and pepper, with just a kiss of oak showing in the background. Medium to full-bodied, graceful and lively, with a focused, fresh style that will benefit from short-term cellaring, it should have 10-15 years of overall longevity.
Rating: one star 2017
This area located in Laurens – one of the seven communes of the appellation faugères – was taken over in 2009 by Paul Gordon, Australian, and his wife Isla, Irish. Together they operate a small vineyard of 6.4 ha.
A vinification and aging for this wine perfectly mastered the deep color and rich and complex nose combining black fruit (blackcurrant) with notes of pepper and licorice. Supple and fresh on the attack, the mouth remains on the fruity and spicy aromas, supported by silky tannins, well that enhance the elegance and friendliness of this already promising and harmonious wine.