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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Domaine de Cébène Les Bancèls
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Domaine de Cébène Les Bancèls 2014

Faugères, Coteaux du Languedoc, Languedoc, South of France, FranceLes Bancèls grows on two parcels. The organic fruit comes off a terraced mound of vines planted over schist; syrah and grenache is situated north and northeast, the mourvèdre vines face south. Winemaker Brigitte Chevalier will count a decade of vintages in 2018, yet appears to have an innate touch suggesting many more years of experience. The vineyards are part of small group chosen “Best of the South” by noted wine writer Andrew Jefford, who referred to the wines as “text-book examples of Faugères.” Chevalier is trying to capture a cooler style of Languedoc wines, hence Les Bancèls faces north at 320 metres above sea level. Expect a fresh, red and black fruited wine with terrific acidity and notes of white pepper. The palate is equally fresh and soft with blueberry and a strong undercurrent of the garrigue so prevalent in the south. Only 14 percent alcohol, and sees no oak. Les Bancèls is a local term designating the schist terraces where many of the Domaine de Cébène vines grow.Tasted: 05 March 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 27.99 BCLS Producer: Domaine de CébèneDistributors: Enoteca Bacco
Blend: Syrah - Grenache - MourvèdreCSPC: 608067UPC: 3700395902589