DOMAINE DE FENOUILLET, MOSAIC OF PARCELS
Terrace after terrace or all along the level curves, chiselled into the schist, Domaine de Fenouillet’s endless plots cling on to the prettiest slopes in the Faugères appellation, all around the village of Caussiniojouls where its cellar is built. Mediterranean vegetation unfolds in an undisturbed natural habitat: green oaks, wild strawberries, broom plants, cistus… and delicate aniseed scented fennel, where the estate gets its name from. If growing vines is a constant challenge on these crumbly schist soils and steep slopes, the winegrower’s tenacity has its rewards as this wine-land has a lot to offer.
ELEGANT SCHIST AT ALTITUDE
Backing up onto the Massif Central foothills, Domaine de Fenouillet’s vines unfold across craggy hills and narrow valleys. This unusual topography creates elevated coombs, small terraces half-way up the slope where the property’s best wines come from. The vineyard also enjoys an ideal spot on the Faugères appellation’s highest hillsides (up to 300 metres), favourable for slow even grape-ripening, low acidity, fresh fruit aromas and velvety tannins.
This is Domaine de Fenouillet’s secret: schist soils, limited yields and altitude; the source of unusually elegant wines.
Between 150 and 300 metres
Visean era flaky sandstone schist
White : Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Vermentino, Colombard
Reds : Syrah, Grenache noir, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Ripe and structured / Ripe and soft / Liquorice and minerality