Distinctive Red Wine From the South of France
About the Wine Maker
Château de Fauzan stands on higher ground to the extreme east of the Minervois region and La Livinière, bordering on Muscat de Saint Jean on a clay-limestone terroir.
Minervois is an appellation for distinctive red wines from the western Languedoc in France. In general, they are more supple than those produced in Corbieres, just to the south. The Minervois title also covers rosé and white wines.
The appellation takes its name from Minerve, a village 25 miles (40km) from the Mediterranean coast and surrounded by the southern French foothills. The village, by turn, is named after the Greek goddess Minerva. This is just a glimpse of the town's connections with ancient history; there are cave paintings in the local caves which date back more than 30,000 years, and fossilized footprints have been found which confirm human movements here more than 8000 years ago. The town's wine history is also impressively long; archaeological evidence shows that viniculture here dates back to early-Roman or even pre-Roman times.
About the Wine
The Chateau de Fauzan Minervois is 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. It has a nose filled with aromas of black fruits, licorice, and cherries, with fresh notes of crushed blackcurrant leaves. The palate is full-bodied, with a rich red fruit sweetness balanced with bright acidity and smooth tannins.