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Faugères is one of the most exciting enclaves in the Languedoc and it's attracting lots of outside investment. Not only is it high (770 metres above sea level), the soils are special, too, comprising mainly of schist which lends minerality to wines. Aussie Paul Gordon and his wife Isla fell in love with the area and rented their first five hectares in 2009. It didn't take long for critics including Hugh Johnson and Robert Parker to take notice of their wonderful wines. Everything is hand harvested, fermented with native yeasts and bottled unfined and unfiltered, which means bags of body and flavour. Bottles even have screw caps in the great Aussie tradition. Decant, as there may be light natural sediment, and serve with grilled red meats.