Domaine Du Meteore – Les Lyrides – Faugeres – 14% 2010
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault
Domaine Du Meteore, situated in the hills of Faugeres in the small village of Cabrerolles is one of the original producers in the appellation. Situated amongst the grand terroir de schiste and on the edge of an ancient meteor crater, the wines produced here are special. An Altitude of 500m above sea level ensure this. Genevièves Libes’ family have been making wine here for several generations and have 23 hectares of vines in Faugères and St Chinian.
They offer a number of wines, today though I am focusing on the top of the range, Les Lyrides. Named after the oldest meteor shower and formed from the debris of the comet Thatcher, visible in the northern hemisphere between the April the 16-25th every year.
Les Lyrides although a Faugeres in the true sense of the word, is predominantly Syrah, aged in oak for 2 years.
To the eye this wine is dark ruby, the nose is filled immediately with spice, then comes the jammy dark fruit notes, the wild thyme and delicate licorice. On the pallet this is a heavy hitter, it’s spiciness is integrated well and the tannins although high are rounded and ripe. There is a long finish where the dark fruits are present, but this time paired with a sweetness reminiscent of glacier cherry. This wine is a classic robust example of a Faugeres, the Syrah and the Mourvedre giving deep notes which maybe too much for some. This wine is a food wine and as such should be enjoyed with rich casseroles. Interestingly it pairs excellently with strong cheese, Roquefort for example – Worth a try!