Red- 2017 Leon Barral 'Tradition' Faugeres, France
Faugeres Tradition Leon Barral, biodynamic, wild berry aromas instantly, along with damson, violet and cherry. A blend of Carignan, Grenache and Cinsault, with wild, intense fruit aromas, and an array of wild herby tones such as rosemary and thyme.
Didier Barral has 25-hectares of biodynamically-farmed vineyards on slightly acid schist soils full of biodiversity. He believes the secret to great wine starts with healthy soil - and healthy soil is one that is not affected by chemical intervention.
His ethos goes beyond the vineyard too: all grape sorting is done by hand, fermentation takes place naturally, and the wines have long macerations followed by periods in wood to settle and mature, before bottling without fining or filtration, and just a touch of sulphur.