Andrew Guard

2014 Faugères 'Jadis', Leon Barral

'Jadis' is a wine that celebrates Carignan and is blended with Syrah and Grenache. It has great concentration but with a certain grace and elegance. Descriptors are difficult with wines like these but this is wine that is completely satisfying and cerebral. One of the best red wines produced in the Languedoc.

Didier Barral has 25-hectares of biodynamically-farmed vineyards on slightly acid schist soils in which a little of everything grows. Everything starts from the soil which must be made as healthy as possible.

Dider Barral produces some of the most compelling wines in France in my opinion. It all starts in the vineyard where the health of the soil and its elemants and the creatures that live within it are encouraged to thrive. There are also 30 cows that live in the vines, 1 for each hectare! The result is low yeilds of incredible fruit and wines that practically make themselves with Didier's steady hand gently guiding them along. This is estate practices observation rather than intervation and it's powerful, rustic wines need to be tasted to be understood. This estate is now regarded as one of the “greats” in the Languedoc.