AUTIGNAC, CABREROLLES, CAUSSINIOJOULS, FAUGÈRES, FOS, LAURENS and ROQUESSELS, each
with their own authentic character.
The 2000 hectares of vineyards that comprise the wine-producing region of the Faugères,
classed VDQS ("qualité supérieure") in 1955 and A.O.C. ("appellation contrôlée")
in 1982, include 35 independent growers and 3 co-operatives rivalling each other to produce,
by sound modern methods, 75000hl of a truly distinctive and original wine.
A third of the Faugérois vineyards are less than 35 years old, amongst the youngest anywhere
in France. 67% of the wine sold is bottled locally by the growers, thus maintaining a close
and solid personal relationship with their customers.
The traditional cépages in the Faugères, Carignan for the reds and Cinsault
for the rosé. To add more body to the produce of a naturally dry, thin soil, these are combined with
grapes from older vines - Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre in a little over 50% of the total production.
The red wines represent 80% of the output. The typical bouquets are flint, heathland, wild red fruit and
fine tannins produced by a subtle and complex combination of four grape-types.
The rosés represent just 20% of the output. They are produced from older Cinsault vines, which provide
finesse and a floral tone, and Grenache, which adds elegance and body. Syrah, in relatively small proportions,
helps to nuance the wine and develop its subtleties of taste and aroma.
Currently under consideration by the I.N.A.O. (official licensing body) is a Faugères blanc, produced
from the Marsanne, Roussanne, white Grenache and Rolle (or Vermentino) cépages.
The "fine Faugères", which first found fame in the early years of the last century, is making a notable
comeback in the early years of our own century.