Domaine Frédéric Brouca / December 2015

Brouca come to my attention from a Facebook reach out. And I'm glad he did. He is french, but as his wife is a canadian diplomat, he moves every three years and commutes to his vines in Faugères; this is his domain's first commercial venture. I've loved all three cuvées. All are marked by an elegance, a equality all-too-often lacking in wines from the south of France. There's gantleness, a great vein of acidity that was horpedo-like and stomy plums.

From two side by side vineyards in Sauveplane lieu-dit, stainless elevage and small amount of whole cluster fermentation. The whole cluster gives the wine life as both syrah and mourvèdre can be quite heavy, but here not at all; After 13 months of elevage in old barrel, it's tannin, firm, elegant and lively with texture and acid and so perky and dare I say animal roastiness ?