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The wines of Jean-Michel Alquier, Faugères

Domaine Gilbert Alquier et Fils, Le Clos Timothée, 6 Route de Pezenes Les Mines, 34600 Faugeres, France 
E-mail: frederic@gilbert-alquier.fr Website: www.gilbert-alquier.fr

Jean-Michel and Veronique Alquier

A family-owned domaine spanning five generations, Alquier is one of the best-known names in the Languedoc appellation of Faugères. Jean-Michel, son of Gilbert, whose name the domaine is still known by, is the winemaker. The wines are very impressive, and must rank at or near the top of the appellation on this showing.

Alquier Grand Blanc 2004 Vin de Pays de l’Herault
A blend of Roussanne and Marsanne, this white has an interesting savoury/herby twist to the bright fruity nose. The palate is bright, full and fruity with nice freshness and a herby richness. A delicious wine that’s full of interest.

Alquier Faugères ‘Maison Jaune’ 2004
Quite fresh and fruity but with a nice earthy structure. A lovely drinkable wine with a savoury, spicy finish. Very good+ 89/100

Alquier Faugères ‘Les Bastides’ 2004
A blend of 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache with 40% aged in new barrels. Rich, dark spicy nose with savoury black fruits. The palate is concentrated and dense with nice, spicy, earthy structure. A very appealing terroir wine of great intensity. Nice oak influence and great balance.
Very good/excellent 93/100

Alquier Faugères ‘Les Bastides’ 2003
Very distinctive smoky, spicy nose – perfumed and minerally. The palate shows rich fruit backed up by good acidity and tannins. There’s an open, meaty sort of character. Very expressive. Very good/excellent 92/100

Alquier Faugères ‘Les Bastides’ 2001
Fantastic refined, perfumed nose, showing a complex, tight spicy meaty edge to the smooth dark fruits. The palate is now opening out with dense, structured, earthy spicy fruit and hints of chocolate and coffee. Savoury, satisfying and balanced. Very good/excellent 94/100

Wines tasted 01/06
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