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Domaine de Cébène A La Venvole 2020 Faugères

(Code: CEB/VENVO/20)
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Domaine de Cébène A La Venvole 2020 Faugères
Vintage
2020
Region Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied, aged in steel vats
Grapes Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled red or white meats, pasta, risotto
Next day 
Even better 
Drink Now, or to 2026 and beyond
This is the second vintage of this cuvée - a sort of junior "sibling" to Les Bancels, designed for earlier drinking, which winemaker Brigitte Chevalier describes as a "bistro wine". It is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan from north and east facing terraces of the highest vineyards in the Faugères appellation, plus Mourvèdre from slopes facing south, towards the full sun. Medium cherry red colour, bright, almost translucent. The nose is quite herby, savoury, floral, with plenty of bright, fresh red and black berry fruit aromas, along with subtle notes of leather and damp earth. The palate is relatively fresh and light, but with plenty of depth and interest - sweet-sour red and black fruit flavours, infused with herbs of the garrigue and a hint of saline minerality. The tannins are really quite fine, whilst offering plenty of grip, with ample soft citrus acidity keeping it all together. The finish is long. On day 2, it exhibits more overtly fruity aromas, with hints of fine herbs, damp earth and eau de vie. The palate also shows even more freshness, somehow lighter and more elegant, with the acidity and tannin being more to the fore, making for a beautifully balanced and focused wine. In many ways, it is more elegant and lighter on its feet than Les Bancels, and certainly (in my opinion) more than just a bistro wine!