Faugères is one of France’s smallest winemaking appellations, with just 2,000 Ha of vines. It has managed to preserve its remarkable heritage and the authenticity of its landscapes. Its exceptional biodiversity of plant life covers no less than 8,000 Ha where holm oak forests, chestnut trees and scrublands coexist harmoniously on rocky terrain in which 7 small villages that seem lost in time are a great example of preserved heritage.
Who could not fail to fall in love with its châteaux, windmills, capitelles, dry stone walls and traditional winemakers houses, all steeped in history and unique to the region?
Yet Faugères is also the legacy of some courageous and stubborn men and women who refused, in the mid 20th century, to make the winemaking process easier for themselves by moving to the lowlands to cultivate vines. They are deeply committed to their rugged, rocky and unforgiving terroir and, in a true pioneering spirit, focused on the quality rather than the quantity of their wines.
In addition to its landscapes, heritage and wine growers, Faugères is also a remarkable terroir in which the schist forms the naturally boundary. This homogeneity makes it one of the rarest and most unique wine regions in the world.
The region has had an eventful geological history that spanned several million years and has shaped the landscapes and given us this outstanding terroir. The schist is brittle and split into thin sheets, which allows water to infiltrate and the vine roots to work their way deep into the soils in search of water and mineral salts. These fragile, poor soils require careful and respectful methods of cultivation. All of these characteristics, combined with a Mediterranean climate (mild winters and hot, dry summers) provide perfect conditions for wine growing.
The domaine’s vines are planted on tenements which were, in the past, given names that reflected their landscapes: La Terrasse—Le Bosc du Counil (Rabbits woods), L’Espinasse (Large thorns), Campaure (Arid fields), Roque mignore -Roque = rock, stone)