2014 Le Portails Domaine des Trinités
|Grapes||Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre|
70% Syrah & 30% Grenache. Tighter tauter nose of liquorice, blackberry, dark cherry and spice. Good fruit weight on the palate, woodland fruits, spice, earth and liquorice once more, delicious. Drinking range: 2016 - 2022 L&S (Oct 2016)
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Made by the very talented and charming winemaker Simon Coulshaw, this is as close as you can get to natural wine-making without being labelled or tagged as natural: minimal intervention, minimal sulphur, no pesticides used, bio-dynamic farming techniques are adopted too. A blend of Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre, the 2014 is a lighter style than the much more expressive 2013 but you have plenty of fruit, soft tannin and a lovely touch of herbal garrigue character, balanced and extremely drinkable. L&S
Very natural, layered sweetness with some delicacy and obvious effort from an English newcomer. Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2016)
Faugères is a small and beautiful example of the best of Languedoc...For proof, drink Le Portail 2014 from Domaine des Trinités, happily combining syrah savouriness with herb-drenched grenache and mourvèdre fruit. Liz Sagues, Hampstead & Highgate Express (Oct 2016)
Faugères can be quite chunky, but this glides through in effortless waves of floral perfume, silky, red berry fruit, peppery spice and stony minerality. It's made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (60:30:10), cultivated biodynamically and made into wine with minimal sulphur and as little intervention as possible. Rating: 89 www.thewinegang.com (Oct 2016)
Lustrous, though not crystal clear, ruby. Good intrigue and savour on the nose. Very natural, sweet but with layers. Really very delicate. Obviously made with huge effort. A relative newcomer for L&S. GV Drinking range: 2016 - 2021 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2016)
Domaine des Trinités
The transition from IT to viticulture is not a path well-trodden, but after working and loving a number of harvests in his youth, Simon Coulshaw decided that it was the path he was going to walk. The wines from Domaine des Trinités are a true reflection of the passions of their maker and his interest in terroir and local varieties. The property is roughly divided by 15 hectares falling into the AOC Faugeres appellation, producing elegant and spicy wines, and the remaining 9 hectares in AOC Pézenas Coteaux de Langeudoc, where the wines are full of fruit.
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