Domaine Faury Exclusive Arkansas Pre Offer
WOw, WOw, WOw I am getting awesome producers from outstanding regions here in Arkansas. I strongly believe there are many consumers, not just in NWA, but all over Arkansas who want to have access to some of the unique, interesting and, lets admit to it rarely seen outside the coast and major cities, wines. I started working on this since March and now at the middle of September these wines will be landing at my store and my store only.
Importantly we are getting the latest vintage at the official release date as well!
If you have ever wondered what Viognier from its home region tastes like, look no further than Condrieu. Now lets move into Syrah, the home is here in the Northern Rhone, this is no blowsy over oaked, over alcohol wine but structure, elegance, purity and complexity. Domaine Faury is a great proponent of this region and one worth buying!
Domaine Faury Story
“Domaine Faury is one of the region’s most artisanal producers. When Philippe Faury took over the domaine in 1979, the family was selling wine, peaches and cherries, and the bulk of their clientele was local. Over the years, Philippe increased their holdings to over 11 hectares and began to sell internationally. He shared his savoir faire with his son, Lionel. Since 2006, Lionel has taken over the reins, though father and son still work side by side. Every method they use encourages the grape towards greatness with the ultimate respect for its fragility.” Kermit Lynch Importer
The domaine consists of 16 hectares of vines, half of them producing reds from the St.-Joseph appellation, with the rest divided among St.-Joseph whites, Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie and Vin de Pays. The domaine currently produces more than 5,800 cases annually.
John Livingstone-Learmouth, preeminent author on Rhone wines and author of “The Wines of the Northern Rhône”. “there is a group of domaines whose wines reflect what I consider to be the beauty of the vineyard and the cellar in one bottle. I call this group the STGT – the Soil to Glass Transfer Group. Their wines reflect a sense of place, or terroir, the expression of their sector and also the vintage style delivered by the year`s weather. Simplicity of approach and purity of flavor are features, and the vigneron`s hand is present with the lightest of touches.
Domaine Faury: JLT “This is a reliable domaine for those who like wines with personality. Some of the wines here are STGT, and pure – notably the Condrieu Tradition. There is generally relaxed winemaking, not given to excess extraction.”
Condrieu has the best terroir in the world for the Viognier grape. It takes significant skill and experience to make a Condrieu of finesse. Even though the grape is relatively low in acidity, the sandy soils and Lionel’s touch render this blanc remarkably fresh and mineral.
Vinous 94/00: Displays ripe citrus and pit fruit scents that are accompanied by subtle honey and floral nuances. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering juicy tangerine, white peach and pear nectar flavors that are supported by an undercurrent of smoky minerality. The long, floral-driven finish shows fine definition and leaves behind twinges of tarragon and lemon balm.
The general rule of thumb is that Côte-Rôtie ranks higher than Saint Joseph in the northern Rhône hierarchy, but Lionel’s Vieilles Vignes throws a wrench into that line of thinking. Made from vines planted between 1937 and 1976, this cuvée showcases impressive depth and soul. Kermit Lynch
Lionel Faury, Saint Joseph Rouge, Syrah, 2018, $29.99
Location is key to quality in St-Joseph. Lionel Faury’s domaine is in the northern part of the long appellation and the vines are on steep south-facing slopes on the estate. 70% destemming leads to an integrated stalky character, along with meat, bacon, licorice, black pepper, sage, and blackberry aromas. On the palate, it’s chewy and grippy with a long, structured finish and very well-integrated oak (10% new). St-Joseph at its finest. Kermit Lynch
A Syrah that leaps out of the glass, as if ripe olives, violets, & an array of black fruits had been smooshed together with a granite mortar & pestle, its tooth-staining contents emptied out and strained to leave behind a vinous elixir teeming with life and vividly fresh aromas, coating the palate like stone-ground blackberry pulp with each velvety sip.
The 2018 is roughly 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne, and mostly aged in tank to preserve as much freshness and fruit as possible. The little bit of wine that was aged in oak will give you a delightful glimmer of opulence. The result is very delicate, round, and elegant, showcasing classic notes of peachy stone fruit.
There is no review or quotes for the 2018 so here is the 2017 to give you some guidance: Highly perfumed, mineral-accented aromas of dark fruit liqueur, pungent flowers, olive and cracked pepper show very good clarity and energetic lift. Juicy blackberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors display excellent clarity and velvety texture. The impressively long, floral-driven finish features well-knit tannins and lingering spice and mineral notes.
Northern Rhone Vintage Report 2018
With a producer like Faury who represents the terroir and vintage conditions these wines should be outstanding.
Vinous: “It’s no surprise that so many producers with whom I visited call 2018 a marriage of the richness of 2017 to the energy of 2016, an assessment with which I concur. My early bet is that the ’18s will outlast their 2017 siblings thanks to their balance and relative freshness, although I also think they’ll drink well on the young side, based on those same attributes.”
Jancis Robinson: “Low acidity may be a problem, especially for the whites, but the quality and complexity of flavor is very promising indeed, with Côte Rôtie the most promising in the early stages of development.
Northern Rhône Vintage Chart
Wine Scholar Guild: “a blend of the wealth and richness of 2017 with the vivacity and intensity of 2016. Condrieu is outstanding. Both red and white wines look set to age particularly well.”