Faugères is a relatively small appellation to the west of the Coteaux du Languedoc. These vineyards are far from the coast that dominate most of the regional vineyards and provide a more varied and rocky soil terrain than the majority of the Languedoc. This is reflected in the wine’s character, which is a bit more rugged with mineral and licorice notes on top of the rich fruit and herb that is typical of the region. Two great producers worth trying are Chateau la Liquiere and the Domaine Leon Barral. For values, the Abbaye Sylva Plana is tough to find but worth the search and the Domaine de Saint-Antoine is an absolute bargain.
South of France
A look at Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon