A barnyardy and dark-fruited red from Mediterranean France made naturally. Organic farming without fertilizers or manufactured pesticides. The wine is fermented all with ambient yeasts and bottled unfiltered and unfined with no additions, not even sulfites are added. Very rustic and displaying the full, dark pruney flavor of the Mourvèdre grape.
Faugères is the smallest appellation of the Languedoc with only 1950 hectares. The soil in Faugères is mostly grey/blue/red slate (with a few limestone parcels). Slate retains water very well (up to 40% of its volume) and retains heat that is redistributed during the cooler night for a long and slow maturation. Soil is quite draining, poor and very acidic. Faugères AOC is protected from the Tramontane (dry and strong wind from the north) by mountains in the north and overlooks the Mediterranean (20km) with a southern exposure.
No fertilizers are used in the vineyard. Natural cover crop develops and when it is dense enough, it is buried using a plow. Depending on the year, different varieties of plants develop and contribute to the balance of the soil. Each parcel is self-sufficient and in harmony with its own environment.
No systematic treatments are used (no herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, or copper...) to treat the vineyards.
The vines have been farmed this way for decades and natural resistance exists in each parcel. The balance of each parcel is also the reason why they do not need to use any treatment on the vines, and yet are able to harvest a very healthy crop.
- Camille Rivière Selections
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