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Château Rigaud Faugères
Languedoc-Roussillon :: France
Located in the Languedoc’s Faugères appelation, Château Rigaud is produced by Château de la Négly owner, Jean Paux-Rosset, and his consulting winemaker, Claude Gros. The area’s multi-coloured sandy schist naturally imparts acidity and elegance to the grapes grown here. Faugéres is unique in having the only homogeneous terroir in the region.
Château de la Négly is located 20 km from Narbonne in the heart of the La Clape Mountains. This World Heritage site, meaning “pile of stones” in Occitan, was an island up until the Gallo-Roman period, and before the Aude’s river sediment deposits became part of the mainland. Its soil is a sandy limestone originating from very porous, calcareous rock slides, which allows the soil to retain rainwater for the vines. The sea’s proximity and influence regulate the impact of harsh weather due to the sun and the dry, very powerful northern Tramontane wind on the vines.
From organically-grown grapes, 55% Syrah, 26% Mourvedre,19% Grenache. Soil is flaky schist with southern exposure.
Grapes are hand-harvested in wood crates, and hand-sorted. Traditional vinification with destemming, and punchdowns twice a day. Fermentation over 4-6 weeks.
The Syrah is aged in demi-muids for 12 months while the Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes are aged in concrete tanks for the same amount of time.
Full notes of violets, spices, ripe red and black fruit and licorice.
Nice aroma replays on the palate with round, rich and beautiful layers and length. Soft tannins and a fresh minerality on the finish.
Roast lamb with lots of garlic and rosemary.