2018 Léon Barral Faugères Jadis11541
VARIETAL: Carignan, Syrah, Grenache
REGION: Languedoc, FR
WINEMAKER: Didier Barral
“Jadis” is Carignan (50%), Syrah (40%) and the remainder Grenache. The colour is a resonant deep blackish-purple and the nose explodes with ripe plum, garrigue and black-cherry scents; the Carignan provides colour and concentration and the Syrah gives fragrant garrigue notes of laurel, bay and thyme as well as a supple mouthfeel to this complex and incredibly exciting wine. This is a simply great wine, and one that will become very hard to track down in years to come “Jadis” is widely regarded one of the great wines from the Languedoc and can cellar to advantage for many many years.
Barral is the ultimate biodynamic farmer. He allows his cows and sheep to graze amongst his old bush-vines during the winter months as this provides them with the most natural form of fertiliser! In the winery, everything is natural, from the wild yeasts which ferment his grapes to the absence of sulphur or filtration. The resulting wines are pure, unadulterated expressions of the rugged, scrub-covered hills of this part of Mediterranean France and the perfect cold weather reds.