2009 Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier, La Maison Jaune, Faugères

2009 Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier, La Maison Jaune, Faugères

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2009 Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier, La Maison Jaune, Faugères

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The charismatic Jean-Michel Alquier represents the fifth generation of this, the top property in Faugères. Faugères was lucky enough to break away from the heterogeneous Coteaux du Languedoc umbrella appellation as far back as 1982, although some may say that it has yet to perform strongly on the export market. Given the forceful personality of M Alquier, allied to the eloquence of his wines, one would be unwise to nominate anyone else to be an ambassador for the region.

The Faugères soil is dominated by grey schist, friable schist apparently, if that is not oxymoronic. The resulting wines, where vines are old and yields are low, as here, can be rich, savoury and take on complex gamey notes with maturity. Located just to the north-east of Beziers, Faugères deserves more attention.

The significance of the eponymous yellow house is not entirely clear. What is clear is that this is a prestige cuvée, made up of 80% old vine Grenache and aged for 14 months in barriqus, 10% of which are new.  The wine has an attractive nose of cherry, praline and woodsmoke; the palate is creamy and dense, with balancing acidity, hints of garrigue and a rounded finish, full of Mediterranean warmth. 
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Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier

Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier

The charismatic Jean-Michel Alquier represents the fifth generation of this, the top property in the French wine region of Faugères. Faugères was lucky enough to break away from the heterogeneous Coteaux du Languedoc umbrella wine appellation as far back as 1982, although some may say that it has yet to perform strongly on the export market. Given the forceful personality of M Alquier, allied to the eloquence of his wines, one would be unwise to nominate anyone else to be an ambassador for the region.

The Faugères soil is dominated by grey schist, friable schist apparently, if that is not oxymoronic. The resulting wines, where vines are old and yields are low, as here, can be rich, savoury and take on complex gamey notes with maturity. Located just to the north-east of Beziers, Faugères deserves more attention.

The significance of the eponymous yellow house 'Maison Jaune' is not entirely clear. What is clear is that their 'Maison Jaune' is a prestige cuvée, made up of 80% old vine Grenache and aged for 14 months in barriqus, 10% of which are new. Les Bastides is the most modern of the Alquier family cuvees, dominated by Syrah (80% plays 20% Grenache) and aged in 40% new wood

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The Wine Advocate89+/100
Bottled shortly before I tasted it, Alquier's 2009 Faugeres Maison Jaune did not seem too perturbed, even with the light filtration he routinely administers, although I have allowed for the possibility in my rating. Licorice and cocoa powder accent a ripe repository of juicy black raspberry that feeds a rather low-toned and decidedly tannic though impressively persistent finish. This rather broad bottling retains a welcome modicum of fresh fruit, but the saliva inducing savor and mineral dimension that render the 2010 already so appealing are absent. I would anticipate this being best drunk over the next 3-5 years even though I expect its tannins to remain largely intact over that period.
David Schildknecht - 30/06/2011 Read more