Friday Feature – Old Vine Carignan

Hello and Happy Friday!

I just arrived in Barcelona today, and am visiting with Celler Pardas to taste the new vintages.

While I’m here, Huge is holding down the fort at the store. Normal hours apply:

Friday, September 7th – Noon till 8 PM

Saturday, September 8th – 11 AM till 7 PM

As usual, the store is closed on Sunday and Monday.

I will be back in the store on Tuesday, excited to share some of my discoveries with you!

Speaking of discoveries, I had the opportunity to travel to the Languedoc region of France a couple years ago.  I visited many of the best estates throughout various appellations.

Today’s Friday Feature focuses on a truly delicious, complex and unique red wine from one of the leading estates of the appellation of Faugères!

If you love Rhône varietals, do not miss this wine!

See you soon,




2010 Château de la Liquière Faugères “Nos Racines”
Here is one of the greatest examples of old-vine Carignan I’ve ever tasted!

Château de la Liquière is based in the appellation of Faugères.  The small appellation is also one of the most exciting in the Languedoc today.  It is located right on the edge of the Eastern Languedoc, Northwest of Pézenas, and Northeast of Béziers.

This family run estate is one of the major players in the appellation with around 60 hectares under vine.  Their vineyards are divided into 70 different sub-plots, each highlighting certain varietals and soils.

Faugères boasts one of the most homogenous terroirs in the Languedoc, with much of the soil composed of schist.  This hard, rocky terroir is particularly relevant in the hillsides, where combined with the coolness from the elevation, it produces grapes that have both ripeness and balancing acidity.

When I visited Château de la Liquière, I had a chance to taste their entire line-up of wines, some of which don’t make it to the United States.  One wine that I fell in love with that day was “Nos Racines,” a tiny production red made almost entirely from old-vine Carignan.

My passion for this wine led to some begging and pleading.  Eventually the local distributor/importer special ordered some of this wine for me.

This Perman Wine Selection exclusive comes from plots that total 1 hectare in size at 150 meters of elevation.  A couple of these plots are planted with Carignan vines dating back well over 100 years!  The grapes are hand harvested into baskets, sorted at the cellar and destemmed.  The wine is fermented and aged in vats, as to keep the freshness of Carignan.  Only 3500 bottles are produced!

2010 is a great vintage for this wine.  Even lower yields than normal resulted in an intense, fruit driven wine, teaming with notes of raspberry confiture, blackberry, mineral, and pepper spice.  The palate is rich, but remains fresh.  A very lengthy wine that should pair nicely with duck, lamb chops or steak.

You need to try this wine!  So much so, that I am offering this through the month of September at a reduced price of $19.99.  After September it will return to its normal price of $21.99 per bottle.  Do not miss this!

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