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2007 Faugères Château Rigaud (750ml)
Producer: Château Rigaud
Appellation: Faugères - Languedoc - France (AOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah - Grenache
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$11.99
Alcohol %: 14
Tasting Notes:
tasted: August 25, 2010 , Lorie Armendariz
4.5 stars "Color: deep; Aromas: mineral, tree fruit; Sweetness: medium dry; Finish: medium; Robert Parker's David Schildknecht, gave it a 92. A new project guided by Claude Gros, Chateau Rigaud’s 2007 Faugeres – combining Syrah grown in schist, with Grenache from chalk-clay, and matured in a combination of tank and barriques – was slated for bottling early this year. It displays smoke-wreathed black fruit aromas, and a satin-textured, deeply-rich palate, with beet root, peat, humus, stone, and saline-savory undertones. Not a bit of superficial sweetness or rusticity of tannin accrues to this Faugere’s polished finish. The epitome of 2007s ability to combine lift and vivacity with ripe richness and sheer density, it represents a mind-boggling value that will in addition probably evolve interestingly in bottle for several years... I love it! Smells interesting. Can't quite figure it out. Mineral, perhaps. "