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Mas Foulaquier
Mas Foulaquier
Mas Foulaquier is a Pic Saint-Loup grower that had - until a few years ago - flown completely under my radar. Winemaker Pierre Jéquier, a native of Switzerland and formerly an architect, created Mas Foulaquier in 1998, following an exhaustive search for his dream wine estate. Situated in the most northerly corner of Languedoc's most northerly appellation, the eight hectares of existing vines were at the time just 8 years old, but happened to be planted on some great terroir. Now, at 25 years of age, those vines are the source of a quite brilliant set of wines. Pierre's wife and fellow winemaker Blandine Chauchet joined the team in 2003, bringing with her the ownership of a further 3 hectares of 50 year-old Grenache and Carignan vines in the "Tonillieres" vineyard in Claret.

I first met Pierre in February 2010, at a small tasting event held in Béziers, and I was totally blown away by the quality of his wines.
Their amazingly clean structure and the purity of the fruit was what struck me. It was only later, when looking at the Mas Foulaquier website, that I discovered that the wines are actually biodynamic.
 
So, is the quality down to biodynamic farming practices, or is is simply a testament to brilliant winemaking? To be honest, in my experience, the two are often inextricably linked. Whether you believe in biodynamics or not (extreme organics, or just wacky mumbo-jumbo?) those very principles go pretty much hand-in-hand with a love for the land and a fastidious approach to winemaking. The wines are also as natural as can be - no sulphites or added yeasts are used in the winemaking process and only the tiniest amount of SO2 (between 10 and 30 mg) is added at the bottling stage. The wines are also unfined and unfiltered. I should mention, of course, that these wines possess a great deal of Pic Saint-Loup "typicity", albeit at a level of consistency I have rarely encountered before - and there is some serious competition in the appellation, believe me. In a nutshell, these wines are right up there with some of the best we have tasted from anywhere in Languedoc and Roussillon.

Our most recent visit to Mas Foulaquier was in June 2013, during which we were treated to a delicious lunch of cold meats, local goat's cheese, olive oil and bread, to accompany a tasting of the full range of the estate's wines. And do you know what? From an already extremely high level of quality, their current vintages have raised the bar even higher, for this was one of the finest selections of wines from a single grower we have ever had the privilege of tasting. And if you have any sort of claim to be a lover of Languedoc's finest wines, then you simply must try them.

Mas Foulaquier Violetta 2015 IGP Saint Guilhem-le-Désert
Mas Foulaquier Violetta 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied, aged in vat.
Grapes Mainly Grenache, with a little Syrah, Carignan and Merlot 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red and white meats seasoned with herbs, pasta dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Merlot, grown on north-facing slopes in the north-east corner of Pic Saint-Loup. The nose exhibits notes of spiced red and black fruits, enveloped within a complex array of garam masala, woodsmoke, leather, damp earth and incense aromas - like opening an old wardrobe! The altitude and orientation of the vineyards means a longer ripening period, and although there is plenty of fruit concentration, it feels relatively light-bodied and elegant, and more towards the red fruit end of the spectrum. The palate offers an abundance of sour cherry and redcurrant flavours, plenty of tannic grip, a twist of pepper and a sprinkling of garrigue herbs, with bags of acidity and an impressively long finish. In a sort of Beaujolais-meets-Piedmont style, this really is a juicy, fruity, cool-climate Languedoc delight! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £15.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier l'Orphée 2011 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier l'Orphée 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to full bodied
Grapes 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red and white meats, mediterranean vegetable dishes
Next day
Perhaps even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
Semi-translucsent, bright, deep cherry red colour. Fresh, ripe redcurrant, raspberry, cherry and bramble aromas mingle with notes of meat, new leather, garrigue herbs, curry spices and damp earth - all-in-all, a considerably complex and heady nose. The palate too is brimming with wonderfully ripe red and black fruit flavours, with a delicious bite of tart cherry skin and tangy orange, the effect of a seamless combination of ripe, tea-like tannins and juicy acidity. With air (and especially on day 2) it develops some rich fruitcake aromas and flavours, whilst still retaining freshness. There's also a savoury tang - not meaty, but more like a sun-dried tomato, vegetable and garrigue quality, which adds complexity without detracting from all of that wonderful sweet/sour/tangy fruit. There are wines that I occasionally flag-up as quintessential examples of fine Languedoc wine - and this is one of them. A simply glorious, fine, elegant wine - and I challenge you not to empty the bottle in one sitting! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £17.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier l'Orphée 2015 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier l'Orphée 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to full bodied
Grapes 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red and white meats, mediterranean vegetable dishes
Next day
Perhaps even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
A bright, translucent cherry/carmine colour, fading to a narrow rim. The nose has floral scents (hints of violet and lily), mingled with crystallised cherry and redcurrant fruits, with plenty of garrigue and savoury/meaty nuances and hints of tar and eau de vie. There are also some delightfully mahogany/woody/earthy notes, altgugh this wine is not oak-aged. The palate is generous in both fruit and savoury, with high-toned red and black fruits, meat and garrigue flavours, held together with fine, ripe, tea-like tannins. There's also an intriguing touch of saline minerality, nicely off-set by a core of tangy, cherry kernel acidity, with a long, gently warming finish. A beautifully balanced and really quite complex wine, this is lovely now, but will evolve and age for at least another 5 to 8 years, perhaps more. Certified biodynamic by AB and Demeter.
 

Price:  £17.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier Les Tonillières 2015 IGP Saint Guilhem-le-Désert
Mas Foulaquier Les Tonillieres 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied, aged in vat.
Grapes 60 year-old Carignan and Grenache, plus a little Syrah 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Red and white meats seasoned with herbs, pasta dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
Semi-transluscent carmine red, fading to a narrow rim. The grapes are given a full 3 month maceration at a cool temperature, which ensures good extract whilst retaining a good deal of elegance. This is followed by another 15 months or so ageing in large wooden vats before bottling, with only a minimal dose of SO2. At the time of tasting (August 2017) it ideally needs a few months to settle and fully integrate, but it is already showing wonderful aromas of pickled brambles and raspberries, with an amazing array of secondary nuances - notably, leather, cigar box, beetroot, damp earth and fine eau de vie. The palate is delightfully fresh and full of vitality, chock full of sweet and sour raspberry and black fruit flavours, with subtle spicy and meaty notes and a long, minty, sweet-sour finish. With air, it becomes even deeper, more expressive, more elegant, whilst retaining all of its freshness and complexity. This really is a lovely wine, which any lover of fine Languedoc wine should try. It will age nicely, but why wait, when it is so wonderful now? Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £17.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier Les Calades 2010 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier Les Calades 2010
Vintage
2010

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged 24 months - partly in barrel.
Grapes 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, spicy Asian food, Mediterranean dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
With its aromas of dark red fruits, exotic spices, garrigue herbs, fine eau de vie, damp earth, leather and polished mahogany - a bit like an old church pew - this is one of the most complex wines (aromatically speaking) I have encountered in a long time. It really does caress the senses in a way that keeps you coming back for another sniff. And the palate certainly delivers, offering a hugely complex array of fruit, spice, herb and tertiary flavours. Richly-textured and almost velvety at first, you suddenly get this wonderful hit of dark cherry, bramble and orange-tinged fruit, a rasp of fine, tea-like tannin and simply mouth-watering acidity on the mid-palate, followed by a long, tangy, gently spicy finish that goes on forever. Fabulous wine! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £21.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier Les Calades 2014 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier Les Calades 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged 24 months - partly in barrel.
Grapes 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, spicy Asian food, Mediterranean dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
Mostly Syrah, with a little Grenache. Bright, deep, clear cherry red. Wow - what a wonderfully inviting, complex nose! It simply reeks of all manner of bramble, blackcurrant and red cherry fruits, polished old wood, dried orange peel, leather and burning incense, with subtle herby and spicy notes. And it tastes so fresh and full of life, with all of those sweet, fruity, spicy/herby flavours coming through on the medium-bodied palate, allied to truly mouth-watering acidity, just the right level of spicy, ripe tannins and myriad secondary flavours and nuances that linger long on the finish, with the relatively light alcohol allowing all of those qualities to shine, and to keep you coming back for another glass. An utterly delicious wine, to drink now or over the next 3 to 5 years - or possibly more. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £21.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier Le Petit Duc 2011 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier Le Petit Duc 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 18 months in oak foudres.
Grapes 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah. 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Grilled meats, lamb tagine, oriental meat/vegetable dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
A lovely bright translucent cherry/blood red colour. The nose shows an intriguing leathery, meaty quality, though not at the expense of some really delightful raspberry, cherry and floral aromas, a hint of creaminess, toasted brioche and herbs - alluring, complex and elegant, rather than big and burly. Sort of what Chateauneuf would be like if its climate were a little gentler..... like that of Pic Saint-Loup! The palate too is elegance personified - a lovely warm, spicy, herb-laden mix of fresh and crystallised fruits with a gentle orangey tang, with subtle notes of redcurrant and cranberry, all of which combine in a delightfully fresh sweet and sour whole. Grower Pierre Jequier believes that his little corner of the Pic Saint-Loup terroir is the perfect spot for Grenache, and on this showing, who am I to disagree? This really is a lovely wine, which all fans of southern Rhône reds would do well to try. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £19.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier Six - Save 10%
Mas Foulaquier
A specially priced sample case, covering our current range of wines from the brilliant (and biodynamic) Mas Foulaquier. The wines in this selection normally retail separately at £110.88. This 6-bottle case (which includes some excellent semi-mature wines) is offered at the special price of £99.79 (a saving of 10%). Please note - this offer is limited to one per customer. The selection comprises the following wines (all red);

1 x Violetta 2015 IGP Saint Guilhem-le-Désert
1 x l'Orphée 2011 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
1 x l'Orphée 2015 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
1 x Les Tonillières 2015 IGP Saint Guilhem-le-Désert
1 x Les Calades 2010 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
1 x Le Petit Duc 2011 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
 

Price:  £99.79 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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