The Domaine Saint Antonin, a family estate with 25 hectares of vines, is located in the village of Cabrerolles, in the midst of the AOC Faugères, one of the most prestigious AOC of Languedoc. The vineyards of the approximately 2100 hectares of the AOC, growing exclusively on slate, are spread over seven communities, situated within a wild, unspoilt countryside.
The Cuvée Magnoux takes its name from an old vineyard planted with Mourvèdre, which forms the heart of this Cuvee. The wine is concentrated and very harmonious, especially thanks to its surprisingly fresh acidity, minerality and fine tannins. Subtle, well-integrated wood notes enrich the bouquet, which is dominated by spices (cinnamon, pepper), liquorice and ripe black fruits, as well as a slightly gamey note, which fits well into the smell of wild herbs. Generous and harmonious on the palate, with lots of fruits and spices.
Les Affiches de Grenoble et du Dauphiné, Janvier 2015
Frédéric Albaret created the 26 hectare estate located in the Faugères appellation in southern France “ex nihilo” in 1994. The region is known for its typical and characteristic slate soils. Classic grape varieties are grown: a large portion of Syrah, supplemented by Mourvèdre, Carignan and Grenache. All grapes are hand-picked and gentle extraction methods are used in the cellar.
Magnoux 2010: A good representative of the appellation in this balanced and sunny vintage. The slight salty taste on the final calls for a grilled T-bone steak. The vintage 2012 shows a similar character, with slightly less complexity but more freshness, typical for the cooler vintage. 2010 has reached a good drinking ripeness, 2012 is already enjoyable, but also tolerates some patience and ageing.
Bettane et Desseauve, December 2014
Revue du Vin de France June 2014