Chateau des Adouzes 2018 'Le Tigre' Faugeres AOC

Chateau des Adouzes 2018 'Le Tigre' Faugeres AOC

Item Number: 14355

UPC: 3-560680003250

Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Sub Region: Herault
Appellation/AVA: Faugeres AOP
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 35% Carignan / 35% Grenache / 30% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.2
Soil Type: Schist
Elevation: 650-1,300 feet

Vine Age: 90 years old

Winemaking Notes: The grapes are manually harvested at optimal maturity. The Carignan is vinified with whole-cluster carbonic maceration in order to extract intense aromas and flavors. The Syrah and Grenache are vinified traditionally with destemming and 20-30 days of vatting. The wines are aged in tanks for 12 months before blending and bottling at the château.

Tasting Notes: Le Tigre shows cassis and raspberry with hints of pepper and spice on the nose. The palate is structured and smooth with fresh fruit flavors. Nice acidity provides freshness on the finish. Try Le Tigre with duck, lamb, beef and pasta dishes.

Farming Notes: Château des Adouzes is certified HVE 3 (Haute Valeur Environnementale level 3), which is the highest level of France's Environmental Value certification. It is a result of their efforts towards virtuous agriculture: planting 2,000 trees to preserve biodiversity, planting vineyard ground cover, pheromone dispensers, manual weeding, non-irrigated vines, etc. This certification complements their existing carbon neutral approach: to limit their impact on the planet, the Coste family has reduced their CO2 emissions to a minimum. They offset the rest by financing ecological initiatives.

Reviews

  • Jancis Robinson
    Rating: 17/20 (4/30/2020)

    Tastes like hibiscus tea, raspberries and licorice, mushrooms picked and still dank with the forest humus clinging to them. Chamois-soft tannins spliced with iron filaments. Dry, earthy and wonderfully peppery finish. Thoughtful, complex wine sitting on the more savory side of the spectrum.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (6/30/2020)

    The 2018 Faugères Le Tigre is a tank-aged blend of 35% each Carignan and Grenache, plus 30% Syrah. Gorgeous scents of garrigue, cherries and raspberries appear on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is supple and expansive, delivering waves of red fruit flavors accented by hints of thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. It's substantially more charming than the 2017 version.