France: Languedoc Roussillon

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Wines from the Faugères, Saint Chinian and Minervois areas
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 11 February 2010
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Château Faiteau

Address: Route des Meulières, 34210 La Livinière
Tel: 04 68 91 48 28 / 06 15 90 89 48  Fax: 04 68 91 48 28
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:19:4N (43.31772)    Longitude: 2:38:4E (2.63443) 

Jean-Michel Arnaud, a former cooperative grower who went independent in 1998, coaxes impressive complex reds out of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan in his compact little winery (two or three visitors at once maximum!). His Minervois La Livinière top wine is a pretty classic example of this appellation from one vintage to the next, showing solid weight/tannins and smoky yet ‘sweet’ fruit. And he's now succumbed to demand, or fashion perhaps, by making a lively dry rosé.

Useful information: Telephone in advance as he's often out in the vineyards; he also sometimes puts on summer barbeques with other growers out in the vineyards and takes part in two annual events, one in spring called Printemps du Minervois (see website) and the other in autumn, les Grands Chemins (see 'Events').


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