Domaine Léon Barral

Yet another Kermit Lynch introduction, Domaine Lèon Barral was founded in 1993 by Didier Barral (the Domaine was named after his late grandfather). Farming Biodynamically from day one, the Domaine is located right in the heart of the Languedoc, in the hills of Faugères.

Domaine Lèon Barral is located on top of 14 hectares of steep schist, where they farm the usual AOC suspects such as Grenache and Syrah but also Terret Blanc, Viognier and Roussanne. All grapes are hand harvested, mostly destemmed by hand too and fermented in gravity fed concrete and stainless steel cuves. The wines are never racked, filtered or fined and no SO2 is used.

Faugères Rouge is a blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Grenache and 20% Cinsault with a vine age of 40-70 years. Cuvée Jadis is a blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Syrah and 20% Grenache with a vine age of 30-60 years. Cuvée Valinière is 80% Mourvèdre an 20% Syrah with a vine age of 15-30 years. Both Jadis and Valinière are aged for 24-26 months in barrel (10% new). Jadis is South-facing and Valinière is North-facing. Vin de Pays de l’Herault Blanc is 80% Terret Blanc, 10% Viognier and 10% Roussanne with a vine age of 20-90 years.

Annual production: 14 ha

Faugères, Languedoc-Roussillon, France