2013 Domaine Leon Barral Valiniere, Faugeres (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Sub-Region: Faugeres
Grape Varietal: Mourvedre
Review Score: 95RAS
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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Less animal here as the Syrah (20%) is north-facing, reining in the aromatics and the remainder Mourvedre. The vines are younger here so the wood is more apparent, where the Jadis cuvee is older vines and not at all noticeable. Both see 10% new oak so the style here more is traditional in the wine world, but clearly slate-driven.

95 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Sep 2016)

Deep in the heart of the Languedoc, in the Faugères appellation just outside the hamlet of Lenthéric, Domaine Léon Barral is a beacon of revolutionary winegrowing. Didier farms thirty hectares of vineyards, and this is no small feat. Incorporating biodynamic practices into a vineyard means working the soil rigorously, and with so much land to farm, it is fortunate that he has so much help. His workers of choice? A team of twenty cows, horses, and pigs that graze the cover crops in and around the vineyards. The simple act of grazing cultivates healthy microbiotic activity in the soil, bringing mushrooms, ants, ladybugs, earthworms, and other essential life forms, which add important nutrients while aerating the soil. This is the concept of sustainability at its finest, where the ecosystem creates interdependence between the animals and the vineyards.

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant