Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres ‘Leonides’ – Certified Organic
The vineyards of Faugères are planted on steep-sloped schist outcrops of the Cévennes. This particular estate owes its name to a 10,000 year old meteor, which can be seen at the base of the crater. Two local factors mark all the wines: first all the family’s 23 hectares of vines are on schistous soils – and that gives the wines a particular high-toned scent and exciting minerality; and second, the vineyards go up to 350 metres in altitude, and that, combined with cool downdrafts from the plateau to the north, brings freshness to their wines. Syrah in particular benefits from this terroir. It’s also worth noting that the estate is in conversion to
certification for organic viticulture
The Léonides, described by Paul Strang as “one of the bargains of the appellation”, is made from roughly equal quantities of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Grenache. The wine itself is a traditional meaty Faugères with its gorgeous deep colour, heady aromas of flowering shrub, bay, balsam and serious quantities of dark smoked fruits on the palate.