Lorgeril’s Faugères Freshness With Château de Ciffre

Purchased by Languedoc's Lorgeril in 2007, the 70 hectare Château de Ciffre estate is located at a geological crossroads.

To the left of the recently restored Art Deco Moulin de Ciffre windmill which gives the estate its name, is the schist terroir of the St. Chinian AOC; to the right is the clay and limestone soil of AOC Faugères.  The vines, the oldest of which date back to 1980, are at 150-300m and the Château de Ciffre 2008 AOC Faugères is named 'Terroirs d'Altitude' after Lorgeril's policy of planting on cool, hillside locations in the highest areas of an appellation to produce wines with elegance and freshness.

The Château de Ciffre AOC Faugères 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2008, RRP £14.99, Slurp.co.uk

This red, which has just won the 'Red Languedoc Roussillon over £10' Trophy at the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards, is a blend of 70% Syrah, 20% old vine Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre.  The soil in the 13 hectare vineyard is poor and infertile with good drainage and a high proportion of acid schist. 

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