2013 Domaine Leon Barral (750ml)

Grenache from Faugeres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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Review Score: 92RAS
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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Rich, great depth, texture and an element of gamey, intriguing aromatics that match the palate. A great vintage in Faugeres and possibly the best estate there, so getting a reference standard look at Faugeres... this works very well. The terroir is slate, the building are slate. Slate gives wine a unique drive as found in the Douro in Portugal, Priorat in Spain, and Languedoc in southern France. 40-70 year old vines. Compelling.

92 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